Retained Fireman and Wagga Police Inspector Robert Vergano is set to run up Sydney Tower on Saturday as Fire Fighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease

READY TO RUN: Retained Firefighter and Wagga Police Inspector Robert Vergano will be one of 600 firefighters set to climb Sydney Tower on Saturday for MND. Picture: Grant Higginson

READY TO RUN: Retained Firefighter and Wagga Police Inspector Robert Vergano will be one of 600 firefighters set to climb Sydney Tower on Saturday for MND. Picture: Grant Higginson

Wagga Police Inspector and retained firefighter Robert Vergano has been named in the top five fundraisers ahead of Saturday’s Fire Fighter’s Sydney Tower Climb for Motor Neurone Disease event.

Inspector Vergano cleared his $5,000 target three weeks ago, and is hoping a last minute blitz will see more funds raised to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

After months of training, including running up and down the Wagga police station stairwell, Inspector Vergano will be one of 600 firefighters in full gear, including a 20 kilogram oxygen tank, to run up the 1504 steps, or 98 floors, of Sydney Tower on Saturday morning.

He is hoping to beat his time of 19 minutes set last year.

“They’re staggering the start because there are so many of us, and I think I’m around the 10.30am start time,” Inspector Vergano said.

The cause is close to Inspector Vergano’s heart as his wife’s cousin Sharn is battling the disease which does not have a cure.