Sky Tower shines bright as firefighters raise $1m

Press Release – SKYCITY

Wednesday 16 May

In honour of the fundraising efforts of firefighters across the country, the Sky Tower has lit red as the $1 million target has been smashed more than two days ahead of the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge held on 19 May.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand General Manager Georgie Hackett says the lighting of the Tower is a special way to thank the firefighters.

“It’s so exciting to see the Sky Tower lit up for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge. The 950 firefighters arriving in Auckland from across the country hugely appreciate this recognition of their incredible fundraising efforts for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand,” says Ms Hackett.

The event, now in its 14th year, raises much-needed funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand to continue supporting the six Kiwis diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition every day.

The Sky Tower will be lit red until Sunday 20 May.

The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge sees 950 firefighters from across the country race up 1,103 steps of the Sky Tower carrying 25kg of equipment. This is the fourth year running that the event has raised more than $1 million, and this year’s event is tracking well to reach the target of $1.2 million.

SKYCITY has been a proud sponsor of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand for 15 years, supporting the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge, Step Up Sky Tower Stair Challenge and SKYCITY Dining for a Difference events, which cumulatively have raised nearly $10 million for the charity.

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 that we support financially, or to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations or events.


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