MCG here we come, all 7343 steps

RUNNERS are set to take to the MCG for a good cause.

Staff from Aspect Riverina School have spent seven weeks training for Stadium Stomp MCG, billed as “Australia’s ultimate stair climb challenge”.

Participant Jukka Pirkola has been holding training sessions as eight staff at the autism school based in Albury and Wagga prepare to climb all 7343 steps at the stadium on Sunday week.

The runners are seeking sponsors, with money to go to the not-for-profit school.

“I’ve been at Aspect for just over 12 months learning about kids with autism,” Mr Pirkola said.

“There’s so much that needs to be done with it and there are a lot of people who don’t recognise what autism is.

“It’s so difficult because it’s the social aspect of the children’s lives that is going to affect them the most.

“So anything we can do to help these kids is positive — if we can make their lives a little easier and help them live as close to a normal life as we can, we think it’s well worth it.”

The team has already raised almost $1000 and all funds will go to the school.

To sponsor the team visit and search for Aspect Riverina.