POWER UP THE OBEL TOWER FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER (@CLIC_Sargent) – 19 Oct 2013

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After the success of the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) stair climb event earlier this month, children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent are offering the public the chance to follow the footsteps of the Firefighers and power themselves up the Obel Tower in Belfast. The first charity event of its kind in Northern Ireland, Power up the Tower, will see participants race up all 28 floors of Ireland’s tallest building to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.

During the recent WPFG event, Firefighters from across the world ran up the stairs of the iconic building dressed in full firefighting gear and local man Gareth Lowry, Crew Commander, Whitla Fire Station in Belfast, beat stiff competition to win the silver medal. Helping launch the CLIC Sargent event Gareth commented,

“Running up the tallest building in Ireland in full firefighting kit, against the clock was tough going so I was delighted to win a silver medal for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. The CLIC Sargent Power up the Tower event is a great chance for the public to try out a sport they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to compete in and to raise funds for a very important cause.”

‘Tower Running’ is becoming an increasingly popular sport with people who want a new challenge and similar events have taken place at iconic buildings across the world including the Empire State Building, The Eiffel Tower and the Sky Tower in Auckland. The event is physically challenging but it is open to all running abilities from a non runner to an elite runner; you can walk, run or sprint. The race will be accurately timed using professional timing chips and there will be awards for the fastest man and woman as well as top fundraisers.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Christine McClune encourages anyone wanting to try something new to sign up,

“We’re really excited about Power up the Tower as it is a brand new event and a fantastic chance to raise money for our Homes from Home Appeal. Tower running is really taking off around the world and it is great to be able to bring it to Ireland’s tallest building.”

CLIC Sargent is Northern Ireland’s leading children’s cancer charity and the Homes from Home Appeal aims to build two specialist houses close to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Belfast City Hospital NI Cancer Centre that can be used by families of children and young people that are undergoing cancer treatment.

The houses will be provided to families free of charge and offers them the ability to remain close to their loved ones while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together. Construction of the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home is now underway and is expected to be completed by December 2013, with families being able to use the house in early 2014. But fundraising is still required for the teenager and young adult Home from Home.

To enter Power up the Tower registration is £25 and participants are asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible for example, £150 could pay for a family to stay at a Home from Home for 5 nights. To find out more or to register get in touch with Christine on 02890 725780 or christine.mcclune@clicsargent.org.uk. – 19 Oct 2013

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