Thighs will burn when two firefighters will strap on 20 kilograms of gear and climb their way to the top of Sydney Eye Tower on Saturday to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Research.
Firefighters Gavin Raccanello and Chris Evans have spent the last few months training their hamstrings and fundraising for Macquarie University's MND Research Centre.
Mr Evans smashed his initial fundraising goal of a dollar for every stop or $1504, raising more than twice that amount before the climb even began.
Mr Evans raised $1200 through recycling alone, slotting a total of 12,000 cans and bottles into the Return and Earn machines by hand.
Mr Evans said he's not much of a drinker himself, but he's had help from Griffith's clubs as well the regional theatre, the west end sports stadium, the race club, and from individuals.
He's also slapped sausages at Bunnings, went on a fundraising bucket run down Banna Avenue, and raised well over $3000 for MND.
It's been a deeply personal cause for Mr Evans, who has recently had a friend diagnosed with the disease.
"He's doing okay so far, but we know what the results are going to be," Mr Evans said.
"There is no cure, but they're taking steps towards finding one and with these funds we'll be helping."
Mr Raccanello raised over $5000, more than tripling his initial fundraising goal with the help of Yenda residents, businesses and schools.
He's done fundraising all around Yenda, took an ice bucket challenge at Yenda Public, and he capped it all off with a barbecue fundraiser at St Mary's Yoogali where he was given a principal's award for "being a champion stair climber".
"The support from the community has been fantastic," Mr Raccanello said.
"So many people have resonated with the cause and decided to dig deep."
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