Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service personnel complete Shadforth Financial Group Step Up for Multiple Sclerosis Western Australia

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

A group of Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service personnel recently completed a physically and mentally exhausting test for a worthy cause. 

Seven Bunbury firefighters – led by Team Captain Daniel de Malmanche – conquered the Shadforth Financial Group Step Up for Multiple Sclerosis Western Australia challenge on Sunday, June 17.

The Bunbury participants tackled Central Park Tower’s 1,103 stairs/53 floors while each wearing 14 kilograms of firefighting equipment. 

Participating in the Firefighter Team (Keen) category, the Bunbury crew crossed the line in a time of one hour, three minutes, and 38 seconds. 

Mr de Malmanche and Cory Van Dijk underwent the challenge while donning their breathing apparatuses. 

The team raised $4100 for the foundation, with Van Dijk raising $2550 single-handedly. 

Kris Holroyd was the only person to complete challenge twice in row while wearing his fire gear.

The team prepared for the event by training in the Bunbury Tower.

During each training session, team members ran up and down the tower six times in a row. 

After helping the team through training, Hayden Leggatt served as a floor marshal during the main event. 

The Shadforth Financial Group Step Up for Multiple Sclerosis Western Australia initiative has raised over $122,900 for people living with MS and other neurological disorders around the state. 

The foundation has provided much-needed support to those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and acquired Brain Injuries over the past 45 years. 

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