Competing for Charity

The Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge. This will be hard.


Why am I doing this?

Life and suffering go hand in hand. You can’t have a life without suffering. This has been a staple teaching in many religions throughout history. If you voluntarily put yourself through hardships and challenge yourself, you will come out stronger.

The suffering that I will endure, on the day of the climb and every day up to that, will not even be close to the suffering of someone who has Leukemia or any other related disease. But it’s the least I can do.

Every day, 8 Kiwis are diagnosed with blood cancer or a related blood condition.

1,103 steps. 25kgs of gear. 328 metres and 51 flights of stairs.

This is something I want to give my all to. I want to see how far I can push myself. I want to become hyper-focused, to the point of obsession. I want to voluntarily suffer, for those who don’t choose to.

This will be hard. Probably one of the hardest things I will ever subject myself to. I want it to be hard. And you know what I have to say to that?

“Good”


I’ll go into this knowing the level of difficulty that I will come up against. Knowing that at any moment I will be able to tap out and give up. Knowing that I can easily skip out on a session or two and no one will know.

But I won’t. Because of you.

Because of all those who have suffered before me when they didn’t have a choice.

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