Stokes Valley volunteer firefighters Ben Horn and Renee Moffit did our Valley proud when they completed the race up Auckland's Sky Tower in full firefighting gear on May 17.

Ben completed the race - 1103 steps, 51 floors - to the top in 18 minutes and 43 seconds and Renee made it in 20.07, bettering her first two attempts with the Newlands brigade by two to three minutes.

They were among the 700 participants.

An apprentice chef by trade, born and bred in the Valley and a top junior sportsperson, Ben joined the local volunteer brigade to "give something back to my community".

Renee, who works at Equestrian Sports NZ, is also a keen sportsperson.

Both are likely to give the Tower Challenge a go again next year.  This year, the time to beat was eight minutes.


It was the first time the local brigade had taken part in the annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ (LBC).

Every day, six New Zealanders are diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition.  LBC does not receive and government funding and relies on donations and events to provide support to the many patients and their families affected by blood cancers.

To date, a total of $888,823 has been raised overall this year.


Donations can still be made by visiting - or call into the fire station and congratulate Ben and Renee personally on their wonderful effort for others less fortunate.