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Sky Tower shines bright as firefighters raise over $1M

Published: Fri 17 May 2019 02:29 PM
Sky Tower shines bright as firefighters raise over $1M for cancer patients
In honour of the fundraising efforts of firefighters across the country, where over $1.1 million has already been raised for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC), the top of the Sky Tower will be lit red for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday 18th May.
SKYCITY has proudly partnered with Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand for the past 15 years, during which time $7.2 million has been raised to support patients and their families living with blood cancers and related blood conditions.
This Saturday, after months of training, 1,000 firefighters will climb the 1,103 steps of the Sky Tower, each carrying 25kg of equipment, as well as photographs of the cancer patients and families they are supporting to keep them motivated throughout the challenging race.
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand CEO Peter Fergusson says he can’t wait to see the Sky Tower lit up on Saturday in recognition of the firefighters and the incredible amount that has already been raised.
“I’m humbled by the passion, effort and generosity of the firefighting community. The much-needed donations will help us to provide support, education, advocacy and research to find a cure for our patients,” says Mr Fergusson.
The Sky Tower is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest man-made structure based in the heart of Auckland, and is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable landmarks.
SKYCITY lights the Sky Tower for charities or community initiatives that we support financially, or to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations or events.

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