BREAM BAY COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Eight Ruakākā firefighters raised more than $9000 towards fighting leukaemia and blood cancer by climbing Auckland's Sky Tower last Saturday.

They joined nearly 1000 firefighters who toiled up the 1103 steps in full gear and breathing apparatus to the top of the tower.

Ruakākā chief fire officer Darrell Trigg is a seasoned veteran of tower climbs and said besides being fun and raising money for a great cause, the event is an excellent motivator for keeping fit.

"If you want to get to the top in reasonable shape, you have to keep up a good base level of fitness."

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