Thursday 19 September 2019

Emergency services' heroes brave Storm Brian to climb equivalent of Everest for Movember

Jason Kennedy

Storm Brian wasn't going to stop the brave men and women of Ireland's emergency services from taking part in their latest fundraiser.

Members of the fire services, rescue, coast guard, blood bikes and military are scaling the equivalent of Mount Everest - around 9,00 metres - in aid of Movember, an annual appeal to support men's health.

Despite the Status Yellow weather warning for Dublin the crew, based in Henry Street, hope to finish the mammoth challenge later today, according to Dublin Fire Brigade's Laura Boylan.

"It's Ireland. We pretty much expected the rain," she told

"Once the wind stays away the ladder will stay up, so it should be all right. We're out in all weather when we're working. We're used to it."

The 30-person team, known as the Frontline Mo Bros, is managed by Dublin Fire Brigade's Jonathan Forbes, who is a lead campaigner for Movember every year.

"We're doing this climb in true Mount Everest weather. Wind and rain, but all proceeds on the day go to the fight against cancer to bring awareness to men's health.

"One of the leading causes of death in firefighters is cancer-related. By us doing this, hopefully, in the future it can negate anything that can happen to any of us or anybody who follows us."

Last year the Frontline Mo Bros raised more than €22k for Movember, which made them the highest grossing fundraising team that Movember had and earned Captain Forbes the title of Man of Movember.

If you would like to donate to the Frontline Mo Bros, but can't make it to Henry Street today, you can contribute here.

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