Lowan Sist

Climbing for CFA Ferntree Gully

On Saturday 12th September 2020, 600 Firefighters and other Emergency Service Personnel would have “stepped up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide” by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus BUT unfortunately the current COVID restrictions in Victoria prohibit this year’s event taking place as it normally would.

We are acutely aware that Mental Health is the underlying crisis of COVID-19, so for 2020 we invite the Emergency Service Community (your family and friends too!) to join us “virtually” to collectively climb a “MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH”.

3,046 Australians lose their lives to Suicide each year, so we are asking you to climb at least 3,046 steps over the next month…..together we will climb a MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH……together we will make a difference….

Whether it be our back steps, some stairs at the local park or even a milk crate in the lounge room we are going to “step up”…..

We are concluding the work on World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October 2020.

This year, with your help, we aim to raise $500,000 for Lifeline. the Black Dog Institute and the 000 Foundation, to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues like depression, Post Traumatic Stress Injury and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.. we must ask ARE THEY TRIPLE OK?

3 million Australians are living with depression and anxiety
1 in 4 Australians will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44
Over 3,000 Australians die by suicide every year, an average of eight people every day.
10% of our Emergency Services Members suffer from PTSI
In 2015 alone, 41 members of the Australian Defence Force died by their own hand on home soil, which is more than we lost on the battlefield during 14 years of war in Afghanistan
Between 2001 and 2016, 373 members of the ADF took their own lives.

So this year Ferntree Gully members are putting their feet where the stairs are and getting on with raising funds for this great cause. Your help in any form is appreciated and makes a massive difference

Thanks for reading my profile

So far, I've raised $73 of my $1,000 fundraising goal.

I've completed 1,621 steps towards our overall goal of 1,000,000 steps.

Recent donations from Lowan’s friends

  • $20
    Stefanie Maccar
    one month ago ● I know you will make up for the lack of stair climbing by climbing with extra gusto next year. I'm very proud of you and your continued efforts for such a great cause. I hope you reach your fundraising goals just as fast as other years!
  • $50
    Anne the patient one
    one month ago ● Even though you cant climb this year I know you are focused on raising funds for this important cause which can change the lives of so many people. Thanks for doing what you do so consistently. XXX

    Cheers Annie appreciate your support and healthy catering. Its a great thing to do

Previous year’s results

2019$2,402

6:26.903 Donned and started


2018$2,001

6:54.440 Donned and started


2017$2,188

7:20.838 Donned and started


2016$3,443

7:39.237 Donned and started