Taking the stairs for a good cause

Taking the stairs for a good cause

Well before CPIT carpentry tutor Mick Cooke competes in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on 17 May, he is already doing some innovative fundraising with a little help from his students.

Putting their knowledge to practical use as they learn, Cooke’s students have built a firefighter playhouse. It’s being sold on TradeMe and proceeds will go to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ.

This year 700 firefighters from around the world will take on the challenge of running up the 1,103 stairs of the skytowers in firefighter gear weighing 25kg for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge. For their efforts they will raise $1million for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ – that’s the goal – to help support the 10,000 kiwis currently living with a blood cancer or related condition.

Firefigher playhouse

It’s the third time Cooke has taken part, and he says the goal is not so much winning as being part of a very special, and challenging, event.

The TradeMe listing invites people to make a donation even if they don’t need a firefighter playhouse. And if they do, bidding starts at $250 and the playhouse comes with two fire-fighter jackets and hats and two goodie bags (filled with posters stickers tattoos and more), as well as a Smoke Alarm and tea towel for the adults.

The 1.5m high playhouse is constructed from treated timber and treated plywood with exterior paint. See http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=705870688 for more or http://my.leukaemia.net.nz/MickCooke to donate.