Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW 477 Ulladulla are climbing the Sydney Tower Eye to raise funds for motor neurone disease (MND) research.
Ulladulla Finest's will be led up the 1504 steps, while wearing more than 20 kilograms of firefighting gear, by station captain Paul Collins. Alongside him will be first-timers Anthony Walsh and Shannon Bartley as well as two-climb veteran Aaron Owers and Nathan Garrett, who completed last year.
While raising money and awareness by completing the grueling climb for MND research the firefighters are running for Mollymook woman Jo Woodward and husband Max. Jo suffers from the condition which affects her speech, swallowing and breathing.
Mrs Woodward taught as a relief teacher at St Mary's Star of the Sea Milton until about 2000 after the couple moved from Canberra in 1994. She remains a "very active golfer" despite the effects of MND, Mr Woodward said.
FRNSW Ulladulla firefighter Joe Reid said the station has had a huge amount of local support from Milton Public School and businesses' donations for a raffle.
"Milton Primary School had a firefighter Mufti Day last Friday and raised $670 through gold coin donation. Our ultimate goal is to raise as much awareness as possible to MND and $10,000 through direct donation and proceeds of the raffle."
All funds from the Firies Climb for MND go to the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research. Since inception the climb has raised more than $2 million.
Over the next two months you'll catch the firies climbing many of the local stairs including Ulladulla Seapool and Narrawallee. Details about the raffles will be shared in the coming weeks.
The Firies Climb for MND will be held in Sydney on Saturday, November 9. Six hundred firefighters will race the 98 floors.
To donate to Ulladulla's Finest visit: https://fundraise.firiesclimbformnd.org.au/page/UlladullasFinest0.