Rebecca Perkins

Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge - Challenge the Chief

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I am participating in Challenge the Chief taking place this June in support of Wellspring Alberta. I am excited to take on the challenge and look forward to pushing myself to climb in support of people living with cancer.

By donating to me, you are helping to make a difference in the lives of many! Proceeds from the event will support Wellspring Alberta, an organization that provides free programs, services and support to individuals living with cancer – those diagnosed, caregivers and kids. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the life of someone facing cancer so that no one has to face cancer alone! For more information about Wellspring Alberta, visit wellspringalberta.ca.

Wellspring Alberta will gift a portion of the proceeds to the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS) whose mission is to empower and strengthen the firefighter by enhancing the success and resilience of the firefighter community.

Please support me and these deserving organizations today by making your tax-deductible donation online.

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Stepping It Up

Thursday 21st Mar

Hi Everyone,

It has been a while since I posted an update.

I’ve been continuing to train for the stairclimb challenge when possible, life is full and I’m finding stairs trickier to fit in than other forms of exercise such as skiing, yoga, running or climbing.

One of my favorite recent training sessions took place at the Calgary Tower!

A number of fellow Wellspring colleagues joined in and together we climbed the 802 stairs to the top of the Calgary Tower after work. Training is always so much more fun when you are surrounded by motivated and enthusiast people. I’m so grateful to have such a supportive team at Wellspring Alberta. Once we reached the top an energetic colleague turned to me and said – “we are only halfway Bec – let’s go again!” So off we went, climbing a total of 1604 stairs, each lap for me took between 7-8 minutes. It sounds quick but it hurts!

It was great to have the opportunity to climb consistently UP compared to doing lots of laps up and down smaller stairclimbs.  

A few of my learnings include;

·         Warm up ! It hurts the lungs to go from sitting at a desk to moving quickly up stairs.

·        Use the hand rails to also help pull yourself up.

·        Keep a consistent pace – find the pace that makes you feel uncomfortable and maintain that.

·        Don’t count the flights of stairs – head down and get in the rhythm.

·      Be efficient on the landings.

·      Smile when possible 😊 It takes the seriousness of out of it!

I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting with Geoff Pyke a local fellow Canmore resident and the winner of the Firefighter stairclimb for a number of years. Geoff was very kind to share with me his training plan and a few more helpful tips!

I was hoping to train with the local Firefighters in Medicine Hat and Drumheller this week however the snowstorm is making that reality a bit difficult so we may need to postpone and re-connect on a less snowy day.

When possible, I’ve also been using the stair climber at the local gym but I really need to start training with the gear! I feel that is going to really step things up!

I’m extremely grateful for the donations and support – I’ve almost hit the half way mark towards my fundraising goal. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated – your generosity helps to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

I’m off to Australia next week and plan to do a few sets of stairs in my old stomping ground – the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane City.  

With gratitude, Bec 

Training Has Started

Tuesday 13th Feb

Hi Supporters! 

With 4 months till the Firefighter Stairclimb I have officially started stairclimb training! I've trained for a few different events in my life ... half marathons, marathons and triathlons but climbing stairs is new! I welcome any tips you have at all. I recently connected with a wonderful Firefighter from Medicine Hat who has completed the stairclimb previously and his number 1 tip for me is to train with weight and wear the boots. A very helpful tip – thank you!

 I kicked off my training on a foggy night in Calgary, marching up and down the Memorial stairs 10 times to hit around the 1400 stair mark. I was joined by my good friend Justin and husband Josh. Stairs are so much more fun with friends. Over the next four months I hope to train in many different communities with many different people. If you are interested in joining me for a training session, please reach out!

 Over the weekend I climbed another 10 times up and down the Canmore stairs by the Bow River – the view was spectacular but I have a sneaky feeling the session was made easier by the amount of snow on the steps – however every step still counts! Whilst I didn’t have any friends take part, I was surrounded by many people walking up the stairs to the Nordic Centre for the World Cup Cross-country Ski event. Nothing like being surrounded by athletes to help the motivation!

 The hard part about stairclimb training I am finding is that it is difficult to replicate the actual event which will be climbing consistently up! Whereas during training sessions I get to recover on the down. So, I am putting a call out! Please let me know what the longest stairs are in your community! Comment below or email me, send photos and I’ll meet you there!

 I am so grateful for all the amazing donations coming through, a huge heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you! Your support means the world to me, to Wellspring Alberta and to everyone who is living with cancer.

 With gratitude, Bec 

rebeccap@wellspringalberta.ca 

Outreach Manager takes on Challenge the Chief

Monday 29th Jan

Rebecca Perkins is lacing up her hiking boots and strapping on her crampons with added fervor this winter, as she sets her sights on entering the race to Challenge the Chief in Wellspring Alberta’s 10th annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge on June 9.

“I plan to make every sport count, including my favourite winter activities, to help get me in shape for the steep climb up the tower at Brookfield Place,” said Rebecca, noting that she lives in Canmore and she and her husband are avid hikers and rock and ice climbers. “I’m pretty excited that this year my mountain steps are going to count for something I really care about!”

For the past four years Rebecca has poured her heart and soul into her position as Wellspring Alberta’s Outreach Manager, a role she tackles with the same passion and voracity she applies to her mountain climbing pursuits.

“I wholeheartedly believe in Wellspring’s mission and I am proud to be doing my part to build stronger cancer support communities across the province,” she said. “By participating in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, I hope to engage as many people as possible in our regional districts, and encourage them to get involved and help spread the word that Wellspring is here to help all Albertans facing cancer, as well as their families and caregivers.”

The 10th annual Firefighter Stairclimb will be held in person at Calgary’s tallest tower, Brookfield Place. At 57 stories and 1,370 steps, the event attracts firefighters from all over the world who are pumped to raise funds for Wellspring and thrilled to participate in this exhilarating stairclimb challenge!

For the Challenge the Chief portion of the event, any non-firefighter participants who want to enter the race can sign up to compete against Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth, a strong advocate for Wellspring Alberta who has raised thousands of dollars and participated in the stairclimb since the beginning in 2015. Participants such as Rebecca Perkins, who will enter the race wearing modified firefighter gear, must raise $5,000 to go toe to toe with Chief Dongworth.

“I have such respect for our firefighters who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe. Their occupation puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, so while many tackle the stairclimb because they love the challenge and comradery of the event, many are also invested because the cause has hit them close to home,” said Rebecca.

Funds from the Firefighter Stairclimb go toward Wellspring Alberta’s mission to building stronger cancer support communities across all of Alberta and ensure no one faces cancer alone. With that objective top of mind, Rebecca plans to put out a call for others in the region to join her in her training and help highlight Wellspring and the stairclimb event.

“When I’m in Drumheller, I plan to invite firefighters and volunteers to join me in climbing the stairs of the world’s largest dinosaur statue. When I’m in Lethbridge I plan to put out a call out for people to join me in climbing the stairs at Bull Trail Park North. Every chance I get between now and the stairclimb, I’d love to engage as many people as possible to join me in my training, and help to raise funds while highlighting that Wellspring is here for anyone living with cancer,” said Rebecca.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

Way to go Bec!!! SO proud of you! You’re going to toast that ol’ Chief! xoxoxoxoxo

$211

Pascal Mean

GO GO GO Yes you can

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J+k

Bec the animal!!

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Pete Williams

You are so awesome Rebecca!! I hope you “BEAT THE CHIEF” !!!!

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Lisa Lewis- Leighton

Go Rebecca!! Super excited for you and Wellspring !

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Megan Zietz

You are amazing and so are these causes <3 you are going to kick ass in your stair challenge!

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Gina Chavez

Way to go Bec!!

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Marlee Macdonald

$100

Sue Depaul

So exciting Bec! Have a great time with the training and the climb!

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Mr And Mrs Banks

100 Dollaridoos

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Peggy Brosens

You're a Rock Star Bec!!

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Lani Rabinovitch

Crushing goals for a great cause! xx

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Glenda W

I've no doubt you'll ace it Bec.

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Teresa Schwarz

Way to go Bec! All the best with this amazing challenge and wonderful fundraiser.

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Val Kunimoto

Good luck!

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Vanessa Carl

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Melly, Jeff & Harrison

Super proud of you and your big goals for great causes! You are an amazing human my friend 🥰 You can do hard things!!

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Nicole Rowles

Proud of you for always taking action to be the change! Go get it, Bec!

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Cameron Perkins

Proud of you sister!

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Tony Thai

This is such a worthwhile cause. Bravo for doing this. Wellspring is simply a wonderful place of refuge for cancer patients and their caregivers.

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Leah Kennedy

Gooo Bec gooo!

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Treena Uyesugi

Go Get'em Rebecca!!

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Matthew Hook

Apologies I can’t give more, but it’s something to help you achieve this amazing goal of yours. So so proud of you ❤️❤️❤️

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Amber Blaszkiewicz