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Best of luck to the Waihi OceanaGold Mines Rescue team

Best of luck to the Waihi OceanaGold Mines Rescue team

Posted May 21, 2021
Emergency Services

Best of luck to the Waihi OceanaGold Mines Rescue team members Shay Perkinson, Troy Hargreaves, Josh Foster and Jamie Bird as they take on the vertical challenge of the Sky Tower tomorrow.

They will be joining colleagues from OceanaGold’s Macraes Mine and hundreds of firefighters in Auckland to raise much needed funds for leukaemia and blood cancer research.

You can still add to the team’s tally of funds by clicking on the link and donating here https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/

The OceanaGold team are fifth on the leaderboard of fundraisers with a whopping $20, 855 so far. Team Leader Shay Perkinson had raised $8,937 when we last checked and was fourth on the individual fundraisers leader board.

In honour of the fundraising efforts the Sky Tower will be lit red for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday 22 May.

SkyCity has partnered with Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand for the past 17 years, during which time over $10 million has been raised to support patients and their families living with blood cancers and related blood conditions.

This Saturday, after months of training, about one thousand people will climb the 1,103 steps of the Sky Tower, each carrying 25kg of equipment, along with photographs of the cancer patients and families they are supporting to keep them motivated throughout the challenging race.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand Chief Executive 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.

“From the humble beginnings this iconic event has now reached the amazing milestone of raising over $10million during the events history.

“Most importantly - this mammoth effort has helped tens of thousands of blood cancer patients during the most vulnerable time of their lives, proving that great things do indeed come from small beginnings,” says 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 they support financially, or to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations or events.