Phillip Clark

Climbing for CFA Carrum Downs

Hi all

Normally 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 aware that Mental Health is the underlying crisis of COVID-19, so for 2020 we are going “virtual” to collectively climb a “MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH”.
3,046 Australians lose their lives to Suicide each year, so i am going 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 and raise much needed funds to help the Lifeline, Black Dog Institute and 000 Foundation with all their work to help the
* 3 million Australians living with depression and anxiety
* 1 in 4 Australians who 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 there own lives
Thanks to our sponsors, 100% of every dollar donated will go to mental health.

So far, I've raised $0 of my $1,000 fundraising goal.

I've completed 1,638 steps towards our overall goal of 1,000,000 steps.

Previous year’s results



10:19.227 Donned and started


10:14.384 Donned and started