Lowan Sist

Climbing for CFA Ferntree Gully

On Saturday 7th September 2019, 600 Firefighters will “step up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide” by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.

This year, with your help, we aim to raise $700,000 for the Emergency Services Foundation, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute 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.


*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
*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 $2,402 of my $3,000 fundraising goal.

Race result

2019$2,402

6:26.903 Donned and started

Finish Line Footage

Recent donations from Lowan’s friends

  • $25
    Sue O’Shea
    3 months ago ● Congratulations Lowan. Such a great cause.

    Cheers Sue, really appreciate your support

  • $50
    Pat Ryle
    3 months ago ● Great job bud

    Cheers big fella, maybe next year we can get you on the stairs!

  • $50
    Mary Watts
    3 months ago ● Favourite son in law, go go go! Well done and great cause!

    Cheers Mary. Thanks for the support

  • $25
    Nicole Manning
    3 months ago ● Who would have thought you’d still be so sprightly! Great cause and all the very best xx

    In a straight line I am quite sprightly! Cheers Nic, thanks again for the support and for contributing to such a great cause. All the best to your Team from Anne and I

  • $50
    Shahrin & Andrew Leontarou
    3 months ago ● Fight the good fight - flight by flight!

    Will say that over and over and over and over...................................... Thanks you two

  • $50
    O'Sullivan Family
    3 months ago ● Good luck you senior citizen.

    Cheers guys! And you are feeding me too!

  • $30
    Michele Fredregill
    3 months ago ● Go for gold Rocky, you've got this!! It's very inspiring to see you train so hard every year with such dedication and gusto. Excellent work for an excellent cause! Enjoy carb loading :)

    Adrian! Yep gonna go quietly and steady. Cheers your support Michele. Appreciate the advice and effort

  • $224
    Tin rattle
    3 months ago

    Thanks rattle! You are awesome

  • $50
    Jenny Hyde
    3 months ago ● Way to go Lowan! You will smash it. 👍🎉😍

    Amazing work!!!! Thanks so much Hydies

  • $25
    Jennifer Gibson
    4 months ago ● Good luck Lowan, I'm sure you will smash your time.

    Great work Jen. Sincerely appreciate your help

  • $25
    Kristy Welch
    4 months ago ● So important - thanks for putting yourself out there every summer, and up the stairs every year!

    Thanks so much Kristy. Awesome support from an awesome lady!

  • $120
    David Copolov
    4 months ago

    Thank you so much David, I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support and encouragement.

  • $50
    Helen Dunne
    4 months ago ● Wonderful effort once again Lowan. Great cause.

    Go Tigers! Fantastic work Helen appreciate your continued support and encouragement

  • $25
    Kameron Pham
    4 months ago ● Good Luck Lowan #TeamMSA

    Thnaks Kam. Will borrow some vitamins from you. They are vitamins right? Appreciate your support

  • $25
    Mandy McLean
    4 months ago ● Good Luck Lowan - every step is a step less you have to take!! Cheers Mandy

    Tru Dat Mandy! Thanks your support, really appreciated

  • $25
    Jessica O'Donovan
    4 months ago ● Good luck Lowan!

    Great work Jess! Appreciate the support. It all feels great when you stop

  • $25
    Angela Reynolds
    4 months ago ● You can do it in 6mins - Well done go smash it :-)

    Cheers Ange> Thanks for the caffeine training program too, it definitely helps

  • $100
    Brendan Beckett
    4 months ago ● Happy to support. Hope you reach your target.

    Good on you Brendan! Thanks for your support mate, it's a great cause and close to many of us. Definitely worth the pain and early starts.

  • $25
    Rebecca Redfern
    4 months ago ● Good luck Lowan!

    Cheers Bec. You are an inspiration for living better. Trying to emulate. Thanks for the support

  • $200
    Sally Browne AM
    4 months ago ● Good luck Lowan. You are an inspiration! well done, Love Sal

    Amazing work Sal. Thanks for the support

  • $25
    Stefanie Maccar
    5 months ago ● As always, very impressed and very proud of you and your ferntree gully members for supporting such an important cause and 'stepping up' to the challenge (thought you'd like t hat one 😁, I'm here all week 👏).

    Love your work Stef; may call upon that encouraging wit on more regular basis over next few months. Meanwhile thanks for the support and encouragement.

  • $25
    April West
    5 months ago ● Amazing effort, Lowan!

    Good on you April, I know you could do it and faster but "own pace" is critical!

  • $50
    Ned Coten
    5 months ago ● Contribution from the Coten Family - good luck!

    Thnaks Cotens, appreciate your support and encouragement

  • $30
    Helena Kalfas
    5 months ago ● Go Lowan!!!!! Team MSA!!

    Σε ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ. Μεγάλη υποστήριξη από έναν μεγάλο ταμία. Στην υγειά σας

  • $81
    Mark Herbert
    5 months ago ● Dear Spider, Thanks for the opportunity to support this cause without actually having to climb any stairs. As the highest building in Cooma is only three stories we don't practise that exercise very much.

    Cheers Herb. Well you can dance! I can only move in a forward direction so seems logical to climb. Cheers for your support

  • $25
    Ngan Booth
    5 months ago ● Time to practice going up Menzies Building stairs again.....be right behind you!

    Cheers Ngan! Thank you so much your annual support and encouragement gets me from level 17 to 25. Can never remember the last three flights. Thanks

  • $50
    Philip Mandie
    5 months ago ● Good luck.

    Cheers Philip. Appreciate your advice!

  • $50
    Sally Kotsa
    5 months ago ● Lowan, I'm sure you will show up those young lads #oldisgold #goyou

    Good on ya Sal. Oakleigh trip earned after this. Yippah! Thanks

  • $50
    Paul Clayton
    5 months ago ● Get up there you old bastard

    What's with the old ! Can live with the balance. Thanks Mate appreciate the support

  • $100
    Vladimir Prpich
    5 months ago ● Great effort once again Lowan - Make sure your breathing apparatus is set to high!!

    Thanks Vlad. Everything including standby health care readiness level gets set to high!

  • $100
    Anne Watts
    5 months ago ● Go show the young uns! So proud of all your training and fundraising efforts for this wonderful cause. Thanks for not waking me for those pre dawn training sessions. xxx

    Cheers Annie. You can join is anytime you like. Appreciate the support and great training fodder

Previous year’s results

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