From supporter to stair climber for mental health

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After many years of being an avid supporter and donator, Liam Manwaring has stepped up for the first time for the Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge in 2021.

 

The Stair Climb raises funds for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), depression and suicide and this year has an overall fundraising goal of $500,000 to donate to Lifeline, Fortem Australia and 000 Foundation.

The virtual event kicked off on 10 September and will run through to World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Liam is a member with Koo Wee Rup Fire Brigade and has been a keen supporter of his mates who have taken part in the Stair Climb Challenge previously.

He was motivated to participate in the cause this year after seeing family members affected by mental health challenges.

“It’s a cause pretty close to my heart, I have had family members with mental health challenges and know how hard it can be for those who are suffering,” he said.

Liam’s encourages others to take a proactive approach to their mental health and to welcome the conversation around it.

“Just start the conversation with someone you trust, that’s really the important part.”

“Being a volunteer firefighter, you certainly see things at incidents which can affect you.

“If problems build up and goes unchecked, it can certainly develop into something more serious.”

With only a few days to go Liam has already completed more than 3712 steps, knocking his original goal of 1000 steps out of the park.

To mimic the stair climb that would normally take place at Crown Metropol, he has been stepping up at the local spotting tower in Koo Wee Rup and when he gets a chance on stairs at work.

Liam’s hoping to hit his fundraising goal of $750 before the challenges finishes on Sunday, which is World Mental Health Day.

If you’d like to support Liam in raising funds for PTSI, depression and suicide, visit www.firefighterclimb.org.au/climber/liammanwaring/

 

Submitted by CFA News & Media