Fire crew journey to fundraise for cancer

Bluff to Cape Reinga ride

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 23/08/2014
Phil Candy and Richard Sullivan
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READY TO RIDE: Timaru firefighters Phil Candy and Richard Sullivan were out on Stafford St yesterday, raising awareness of and funds for this year’s Firefighters ride for cancer. Two-year-old Edward Adams joins them for a ride in the fire engine, which was in service in Timaru between 1934 and 1956.

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A higher risk of getting cancer has inspired firefighters to get on their motorbikes to fundraise for the cause.

Three Timaru firefighters are taking part in the Firefighters ride for cancer 2014, in which they will ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga over nine days.

Firefighters Phil Candy and Robert Sullivan were out on Stafford St yesterday, in an original fire engine that saw service in Timaru from 1934 to 1956, raising funds and awareness for their trip.

Candy said all the firefighters involved are bike enthusiasts and had all been affected by cancer at some point. He couldn't think of a better way to raise money. "The downside is I get to ride my bike all over the country," he joked.

The ride is a national fundraising venture started by an Auckland firefighter who went to the funerals of three firefighters who had died of cancer.

Firefighters have an increased risk of getting cancer because of the exposure to chemicals released in burning furniture, Sullivan said.

The last two rides have raised more than $95,000 across New Zealand.

The Timaru firefighters have also held a fundraising quiz and are in the process of organising a "get your car washed by a firefighter day," with proceeds going towards the ride.

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- The Timaru Herald

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