While Queensland was tackling cyclones and Western Australia was battling bush fires, it seemed an unlikely time to launch a fundraising effort for our Territory Fire fighters.
After months of planning the ‘Rescue Me’ launch at Deck Bar, supporters turned up in droves to show how much they appreciate and love our local heroes.
Rescue Me saw 16 local Fire fighters run up and down the 14 stories of NT House, in full fire fighting uniform with breathing apparatus engaged, rescuing a ‘damsel in distress’ along the way. The event was organised to launch the nt2ny initiative to send 25 of the NT’s finest Fire fighters to New York to participate in the 2011 World Police and Fire Games in August.
They will also be in New York to commemorate ten years since the devastating September 11 World Trade Centre attacks that claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, including 400 emergency service personnel.
Hundreds of locals showed up to the Deck Bar to show their support of the event, as well as a bevy of local women calling into Hot 100 to be chosen as a ‘damsel in distress.’
Megan Palin, NT News Confidential journalist, won a night at the fire station for her and 5 girlfriends, enjoying the cuisine our firies cooked up.
Her Fire fighter, Drew Innes from The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, won the Rescue Me Stair Climb with a time of 4 minutes and 7 seconds. He was closely followed by Jarred Illet and Ben Schmidt who both had the times of 4 mins 19 seconds and Brad Saunders (Airport Fire fighter) with the time 4 min 20 seconds.
Event Coordinators, Leading Fire fighter, Manny Koulakis and Peter Simon said it was a great night, not only to promote the nt2ny initiative but also to showcase the strength and speed, fitness and finesse of our local fire fighters.
“We were overwhelmed by the success of Rescue Me and we are well on our way to raising the funds needed to get our fire fighters to New York.
“It was great to see our fire fighters come and support the event, even if they’re not travelling to New York. So many people that came to the Deck Bar said it was great to watch our fire fighters in action and they really enjoyed the experience – and they donated money.
“While he was no where near the fastest, he’s obviously one of the prettiest, as Leon Peacock had notes hanging out of his shirt and his bucket full from his five minutes of bucket shaking. On reflection, we should have auctioned him off and then our entire fundraising would be covered by now.”
For more information or to make a donation visit the nt2ny website www.nt2ny.com.au
The nt2ny initiative has been proudly supported by Sprout and Hot 100.