Across the Sea for MND

Across the Sea for MND

Japanese Firefighter Katsunao Tohara was featured in The Sankei Shinbun newspaper for his participation in the 2019 Firies Climb for MND.

Katsunao Tohara stumbled upon the Macquarie University Firies Climb for MND in 2018 when he was a tourist in Sydney. As a keen firefighter from Japan, he immediately wanted to get involved. Unfortunately, there was no way to add new climbers on the day but he was undeterred! Katsunao travelled back to Sydney in 2019 to complete the climb in his amazing silver fire suit. Recently his story was printed in a major Japanese newspaper and the message of both the Firies Climb for MND and the amazing work MQ is doing around MND research and treatment has reached another corner of the globe.


Translation: Hope for eradication of serious disease cross the ocean.

Katsunao joined Firies Climb for Motor Neurone Disease (FCMND) in November, 2019.
600 Firefighters climbed the 1,504 steps (across 98 floors) of Sydney Tower Eye in full structural firefighting gear and Breathing Apparatus sets to raise money and awareness for MND research.

He visited Sydney October 2018 to participate in a workshop of Japanese local government. The last day of the workshop he met FCMND by chance and became acquainted with Susan. A few months later he got a great invitation for FCMND 2019 from her.

“I received a warm welcome from all firies and committee members and persons concerned as the first Japanese climber. I was very glad that they had called me Mate. They are faithful and warm-hearted. I really respect their effort for MND.

From now on I’m going to do something what I can do for MND with them in Japan”.

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