Bega firefighter ready for climb of his life

PREPARED: Fire and Rescue NSW Bega team member Clinton Towill ahead of his 98-storey stair climb of the Sydney Tower Eye in aid of motor neurone disease research on October 23. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

PREPARED: Fire and Rescue NSW Bega team member Clinton Towill ahead of his 98-storey stair climb of the Sydney Tower Eye in aid of motor neurone disease research on October 23. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Bega firefighter Clinton Towill is set to climb a grueling 1504 stairs while wearing all his equipment, in aid of research into motor neurone disease.

“I don’t have any direct contact with anyone with the disease, but I read up about it and realised the money I help raise will go straight to Macquarie University for research,” Mr Towill said ahead of the October 23 Fire Fighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease event.

“The money goes directly to the university and there’s no corporations being paid to organise it, it’s just firies doing it themselves.”

Every year, hundreds of firefighters from across NSW donning over 20 kilograms of equipment as they navigate the steep 98-storey stairwell of the Sydney Tower Eye.

It will be his first attempt at the race and he’s looking to set a time he can attempt to better next year.

“My challenge to myself is to do it all without stopping this year and then beat that time next year,” he said.

“I think the biggest challenge in getting to the top will be the heat, with all the gear we’ll be carrying.”

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