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Navy Firefighter Runs Flights For Cancer

Navy Firefighter Runs Flights For Cancer

CPOWTR Couprie is raising money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

20 May 2015

Despite undergoing cancer treatment Chief Petty Officer (CPOWTR) Bartus ‘Bart’ Couprie will become the first Royal New Zealand Navy firefighter to compete in the Sky Tower Stair Challenge this weekend.

After 29 years of service in the Navy CPOWTR Couprie will climb 1,108 steps of the Auckland Sky Tower in full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus to raise funds for those suffering from Leukaemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers.

“Cancer and I are not on the best of terms,” says CPOWTR Couprie. “Eight months ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I’m currently undergoing treatment, luckily my prognosis is excellent. Others aren’t as lucky so I’m doing all I can to help them.

CPOWTR Couprie was born and raised in the Hutt Valley and is a firefighting instructor at the Navy’s Sea Safety Training Squadron (SSTS). The SSTS is responsible for training all Navy personnel in damage control and sea safety.

“My treatment means that I am able to continue at work and take the opportunity to help others. I got heaps of support from so many people when I was diagnosed and this is a great opportunity to pay it forward, says CPOWTR Couprie.

CPOWTR Couprie is raising money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. His support and fund raising page can be found at the below link:

For more information please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980


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