Matt Ansell

Climbing for CFA Lakes Entrance

Hi. This October, I’ll be taking part in a million steps for mental health and helping to raise $500,000 to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of mental health issues.

1 in four Australians will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime, and 3 million are currently living with depression and anxiety.

I am one of those, and despite the struggles that I face because of it, I am fortunate to not be suffering on my own. CFA Lakes Entrance and St John Ambulance Victoria has been a great support system for me, and volunteering with them for the last 6 ½ years has shown me that we are never alone. My fellow volunteers make up a large portion of the family and friends who have helped me fight mental illness as well as fires.

Participating in the 2021 firefighters climb is one way that I can help others like I have been helped. I know that suffering from a mental illness is hard, and so is talking about it. That’s why I am motivated to do my part and don full structure gear and BA to climb 2500 steps for my fundraising goal of $2500.

Together, we can make a difference. Please help me “Step up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide” by sponsoring me below.

Thanks to our sponsors, 100% of every dollar donated will go to mental health.

So far, I've raised $3,050 of my $2,500 fundraising goal.

I've completed 2,520 steps towards our overall goal of 1,000,000 steps.

Recent donations from Matt’s friends

  • $250
    Beatt's Coffee
    5 days ago ● Congratulations on smashing your goal and not giving up. Thank you for doing your part for mental health awareness.

    Thank you so much guys. I couldnt have done it without you 💙

  • $25
    Kate Dennis
    6 days ago

    Thank you kate xo

  • $25
    Sue Buckley
    6 days ago ● Well done Matt. We could do something like this in UK. What an incredible thing to do. You’ve made your mum very proud. Sue

    Thanks so much Sue ❤

  • $50
    Steve & Nance Weidemann
    7 days ago ● Congrats Matt. Well Done.

    Thanks so much for the support guys

  • $100
    Carlie Jane
    7 days ago ● You're seriously amazing, you are always a shining beacon for the fact that it's okay to not be okay. You are walking proof that mental health matters and there is always something that can be done to reach the light in any dark times... Ever so proud of you! xo

    Thank you so much Carlie, those words mean a lot to me ❤

  • $100
    Greg Chapman
    7 days ago ● In support of all firefighters dealing with the black dog..

    Thank you Greg. Much appreciated

  • $135
    Karen & Neil
    7 days ago ● You did it!! We are both so proud of you…..well done xx

    Thank you so much guys 💙

  • $100
    7 days ago ● Go Matty boy! You didnt pass out and for that im proud of you!

    Thank you so much steph! 💙 thank you for being there to help me with it all

  • $1000
    Shelley Ward
    7 days ago ● I don’t know you Matt but I wish you all the best in your climb. I’m sure you will nail it.

    Thank you so much for your donation Shelley! 💙

  • $40
    Julie & Damien
    7 days ago ● Go Matt! You'll be awesome!

    Thank you so much guys 💙

  • $50
    Jude Lunny
    8 days ago ● So proud of you xx

    Thank you Jude!

  • $50
    8 days ago ● You really are amazing

    Thank you! :)

  • $50
    8 days ago

    Thanks Megan!

  • $25
    Tenille Bull
    8 days ago ● Well done my friend! You’ve got this!

    Thanks Tenille!

  • $100
    John Ansell
    9 days ago ● Good luck Matthew & well done love Dad

    Thanks Dad

  • $50
    10 days ago

    Thanks ben

  • $150
    Sarah O'Brien
    11 days ago

    Thank you so much sarah :)

  • $25
    Pam Tasker
    12 days ago ● Good luck Matt great job, well done Pam & Peter.

    Thanks so much Pam and Pete!

  • $100
    Diane Scott
    12 days ago ● So proud to know you Matt. Your generosity of time and spirit and energy are indeed awesome. Di

    Thanks so much Di and Craig!

  • $50
    Jan Harpley
    12 days ago ● Extremely proud of you Matthew, good luck and well done Nan x

    Thanks Nanny! X

  • $50
    Neil Mico
    12 days ago ● Good luck Matt!!

    Thanks Neil

  • $100
    Phil Loukes
    12 days ago

    Thank you Captain 💙

  • $150
    12 days ago ● Awesome cause Matt. Bloody legend!!!

    Thank you Ciccos! 💙

  • $50
    Jarod healey
    12 days ago

    Thanks Jarod

  • $50
    Karen Mico
    12 days ago ● Good luck with this challenge Matthew you can do this!! I am so proud of you and proud to call you my son 💙 xxx


  • $50
    Mel Moore
    12 days ago ● Go for gold Matt

    Thanks Mel!

  • $100
    Hannah Thomas
    12 days ago

    Thank you Hannah!