The heat is on as Illawarra firefighters step up to climb 1504 stairs this Saturday to fight Motor Neurone Disease

Stepping up: Vanessa McKellar, Naomi Cocksedge and Catherine Douglas have been busy training and raising money for motor neurone disease. Picture: Sylvia Liber.
Stepping up: Vanessa McKellar, Naomi Cocksedge and Catherine Douglas have been busy training and raising money for motor neurone disease. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Warrawong firefighters Vanessa McKellar and Naomi Cocksedge are part of a team stepping up to climb 1504 stairs and 98 floors this Saturday to fight Motor Neurone Disease.

And they are calling for support from any business that may be interested in sponsoring them on their important mission.

The Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters have been training on steps in the Wollongong Harbour area in recent months where they have also taken donations for anyone interested in supporting the research cause.

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They have also held a number of fundraising events such as a High Tea at Wollongong Golf Club in September.

“The event was a sellout and raised over $4500,” Ms McKellar said.

To date Team Zulu has raised more than $25,000. This Saturday the team will join firefighters from all over Australia and around the world to climb the Sydney Tower Eye. Now in its third year the annual event organised by firefighters from Fire & Rescue NSW has raised more than $1 million.

Ms McKellar and Ms Cocksedge take part each year because they both have had people in their family dies as a result of MND. The Illawarra Mercury will share their story in Weekender this Saturday.