Pushing (up) for mental health awareness

Member News image Eight of the members taking part in The Push-Up Challenge, plus cheer squad Stuart and Emma (front)


Members from Wonthaggi Fire Brigade are getting active this month with 13 taking part in The Push-Up Challenge.


Running from 1 June to 23 June, the challenge encourages participants to complete 3,144 push-ups over the three-week period, representing the number of Australian lives lost to suicide in 2021.

Wonthaggi Fire Brigade 2nd Lieutenant Kevin Else said he is taking part for a number of reasons.

“First, for the challenge aspect of it – we love a challenge,” Kevin said.

“But second, and probably most importantly, we wanted to raise awareness and money for mental health.

“And if we get a bit fitter over the challenge, that’s a bonus!”

Initially aiming to raise $200 for Lifeline Gippsland, the team has smashed its target with more than $900 raised at the time of writing.

Alongside Kevin doing the challenge are brigade members Jess Garvey, Jaci Nation, Imogene Walker, Georgia Wiles, Aaron Wilkinson, Pete Walters, Bec Adams, Andrew McCormick, Daryn Redman, Tristan Parker, Faith Stewart-Walters and Lemeki Brooks Seru.

You can find out more about their challenge here.


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