Firefighters to ride for charity

ALANA DIXON
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012

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Kiwi firefighters, like everyone else, are not immune to the devastating effects of cancer - and they want to join in the fight against the deadly disease.

A group of about a dozen firefighters from throughout the country - including Invercargill, Nelson, Manapouri, and Auckland - yesterday left the Invercargill fire station on the first leg of a nationwide motorcycle ride.

Already the inaugural Firefighters Ride for Cancer has raised almost $30,000.

Senior firefighter Tony Fill said the idea for the ride came about after he and colleagues in his home region of Auckland saw the heartbreak caused by cancer.

"The reason it all came about was we buried four firemen in Auckland last year. They all died of cancer, all under the age of 50, and we saw the impact on their families. It's just too many firemen in one year, and we wanted to help."

About 70 firefighters had registered to take part at some point in the ride, which would travel from Invercargill to Auckland. Those on motorbikes expected to complete the ride in four days, while those on motor-scooters would finish in about nine days.

Joining in on the southern legs were city firefighters Anthony Haines, Ian Eunson and Wayne Muir. Mr Haines said the reason the group had joined in was simple. "It's just to do our little part. Even though we're only going to Queenstown/Dunedin, we thought we'd do what we can," he said. So far they had raised just under $800.

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