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A group of five Gisborne firefighters tackling the 1100-plus stairs of the Sky Tower in Auckland this weekend will be wearing helmets that have been specially decorated for the occasion.

Robin Sneddon, Dion Wilson, Tamanui Hill and Judah Theobald from the Gisborne fire station will be joined by Gisborne airport firefighter Quentin Hamilton.

The event supports Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).

The five firefighters got together at the weekend at the Gisborne fire station with several youngsters affected by the illnesses.

The children decorated the helmets the firefighters will use on Saturday with stickers, drawings and special messages.

The Gisborne group has raised $6200 towards the cause.

“The support the people of Tairawhiti have given us this year has been brilliant, as always,” said team captain Robin Sneddon.

“The generous donations we receive at the likes of the Farmers’ Market and from businesses, makes the fundraising for LBC worth it.”

Robin, Dion and Judah will take on 60 floors of the Sky Tower carrying 25 kilograms of firefighting kits in what’s called The Firefighter of Steel category.

It will be the first year that component of the stair climb has been run.

It is normally only held over 51 floors of the Sky Tower.

“The event is on target to raise more than a million dollars this year,” Mr Sneddon said.

It’s not too late to donate, go to www.firefightersclimb.co.nz

The five Gisborne firefighters who will climb the Auckland Skytower on Saturday in the annual stair challenge had their helmets decorated at the weekend. Here firefighter Dion Wilson watches as young Lucas Sigvertson adds his special touches to Dion’s headgear. Picture by Paul Rickard