Dave Wills is a local hero and an absolute champion. He has singlehandedly raised around $30,000 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand in the past couple of years and all whilst working full-time for the Defence Force and volunteering as a fire fighter in Wellington. In May he’s racing up 51-floors of Auckland’s Sky Tower in 25kgs of structural firefighting uniform with a breathing apparatus on. Alongside celebrating his heroism we asked Dave to tell us what inspires him to help others.
What’s happening in the world of Dave Wills for 2014?
I’m well into my training for the 2014 Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge, training five times a week, which includes reps of the local “Stairs of Doom” in full firefighting uniform plus breathing apparatus as well as running some Ks. More importantly, is the fundraising that goes with it. I’m raising money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand so I’m busy with organising support and donations to help me reach my goal of $20,000.
Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.
My Dad. He afforded me the opportunities to experience some incredible things growing up, which I will always be ever grateful for. He encouraged, supported and financed me towards gaining my Private Pilots Licence in my teens. I lost my Dad when I was 19 and I think I find myself looking for ‘good things’ to do as a way to make him proud of what I’ve become as a person.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.
Selflessness – and it can be as simple as holding a door for someone, or helping that person with their heavy shopping, or giving someone a wave when they stop for you to go across the pedestrian crossing. Do it for them … because one day you will be grateful when you need someone to do it for you.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
1. The privilege of being able to help someone in need – it’s rewarding to be able to help people because if I were in their situation I’d be so grateful for someone coming to help me.
2. I lost a close family member in a house fire – this motivates me to try to prevent this happening to other people, other families, so I’m quite passionate about the Fire Safety aspects of the Fire Service.
3. I’m inspired by everyday good that people do – it makes me feel like we are true Kiwis and we look after each other.
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