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The Weather Network climbs to new heights for the WWF

Staff writers

April 20, 2012 — Seven members of The Weather Network team battled 1,776 stairs on Thursday in support of the the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Participants climb the CN Tower's 1,776 stairs
Participants climb the CN Tower's 1,776 stairs

The 22nd annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb kicked off on Thursday, and The Weather Network was there for the challenge.

Team Weather Network consisted of seven members this year: BJ Stewart, Shawn Legg, Farah Dhalla, Kim MacDonald, Denise Andreacchi, Susan Turnbull and Robyn Yakiwchuk.

These brave members of the team literally rose to the occassion and climbed 1,776 stairs to raise money for the WWF.

"We raised $4,422, putting us in fifth place for fundraising teams," said proud morning show producer BJ Stewart. "I want to say thank you to everybody on TWN AM Show Facebook page and Twitter page for sponsoring us."

While the money raised was the biggest achievement for the team, some members couldn't help but get a little competitive with the climb.

Team Weather Network raises over $4,000
Team Weather Network raises over $4,000

"Some of us have been training for this big walk, while others are just going to wing it," said morning show host Kim MacDonald.

"I'm pumped, I'm going to be the first one up. I already told Shawn 'you gotta catch up to me because I'm going to be the first one up,' " said presenter Farah Dhalla, who returned for the climb after conquering it last year.

On-air presenter Denise Andreachhi on the other hand was just trying to stay focused on the intimidating challenge.

"I have a little bit of a fear of heights, so I'm hoping to get up in one piece," she laughed.

The whole team indeed made it to the top and for the second year in a row, technical director Shawn Legg proved to be the best climber.

Over the past two decades, more than 86,000 participants and close to 5,000 volunteers have participated in the event. A public climb will be held this Saturday for anyone hoping to conquer the tower.

"This year, our goal is to raise $1.3 million," says Christina Topp, V.P. of Marketing and Communications for WWF Canada. "This will go to support WWF's conservation efforts here in Canada and around the world."

Visit the CN Tower Climb website to learn more.

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