Hundreds of CFA firefighters capped off an impressive campaign for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb as the month-long initiative came to an end on Sunday, 10 October.
The annual event kicked off on 10 September and ran through to World Mental Health Day on 10 October; aiming to raise funds and awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), depression and suicide.
This year, participants raised a total of more than $200,000, which will be donated to Lifeline, Fortem Australia and 000 Foundation.
Participants climbed a total of more than 4.7 million steps – some completed it in their backyard, some at their local park and some threw on a weighted vest to mimic firefighter gear and climbed a step ladder.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said he is proud of the significant contribution of volunteer members across the state who gave their time and energy to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
“Mental health is an important topic to our members and they never fail to step up to the challenge when there is an opportunity to raise awareness around this topic,” he said.
“It is incredibly encouraging to see the participation of our members has made a real difference in raising funds to combat mental illness.”
More than $2.5 million has been raised across a variety of charities since the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb started in 2014.
Event Director and firefighter Trent Egan thanked all participants for their incredible fundraising efforts during this year’s virtual climb.
“Victorian first responders, as well as their family and friends, always put in their best effort for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb and this year was no different,” he said.
Donations will remain open over the next month, so people who wish to chip in to support mental health and the great stair climbing efforts of firefighters across Victoria can visit www.firefighterclimb.org.au.
- Jack Sampson, Caroline Springs
- Matt Mannix, Wyndham Vale
- Liam Manwaring, Koo Wee Rup
- Marilyn Lovitt, Ridells Creek
- Rochelle Poulton, Hillcrest, collecting batteries to raise money for the Stair Climb fundraiser.
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