THREE St John paramedics climbed more than 1000 steps in a bid to raise funds for West Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Last Sunday Belmont-based ambulance officers Adam O’Byrne, Joel Moore and Andrew Readhead teamed up to challenge themselves in the Step Up for MS event.
Mr O’Byrne said St John put its professional pride on the line in competing against a Department of Fire Emergency Services (DFES) team to climb to the top of the 53-storey Central Park building.
“DFES have been involved with this event for a long time, so we wanted to give them a run for their money,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“We now compete under the ‘protective services challenge’ which is a great initiative.”
The St John’s team proved very competitive and Mr O’Byrne said the trio managed to pass a number of teams, including some firefighters, on the stairs.
“The challenge was made all that harder by the guys opting to do the Step up for MS in full uniform and oxygen response backpacks, lumbering them with an extra 20kg,” he said.
“We completed the stair climb in just under 15 minutes, making the view very worthwhile but we were thankful for the lift ride back to ground level.”
Mr O’Byrne said he hoped to raise $1000 for charity.