On Saturday, Feb. 9, members of the Hope and District Fire Hall will be at the Hope Buy-Low Foods raising money to send firefighters to Vancouver for this year’s stair climb up the Sheraton Wall Centre’s Tower 5’s 739 steps.
And while 739 steps doesn’t sound like much, try running up it, dressed in firefighting gear, with a 20-kilogram oxygen tank strapped to your back. To call it a challenge is putting it mildly.
For last year’s event, which was called Climb the Wall: Stairclimb for Clean Air, the five-person Hope team raised $4,408 of the event’s $50,000 total.
“The money goes to the BC Lung Association (BCLA), supporting world-class research as well as advocacy, education programs,” Christopher Lam, president and CEO of the BCLA, previously told Black Press.
To help with this year’s event, partake in the s’mores, hot dogs, and bake sale on Saturday. The fun starts at 11 a.m.