Volunteer fired up for cause close to heart
Benalla CFA volunteer Glen Shaw successfully completed the annual Firefighters Stair Climb in Melbourne last weekend.
Glen raised $425 towards the more than $500 000 collected by all participants on the day.
The money raised will be donated to the Black Dog Institute and Lifeline to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of mental health issues.
This was the third time Glen has taken part in the fundraiser, which required him to climb 28 floors in full CFA kit weighing in at more than 25 kg.
‘‘I was down at another CFA when I first took part, we’ve recently moved here from Melbourne,’’ he said.
‘‘It first came up down there on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 and it was a good way to honour the memory of all the firefighters that were lost that day, and to raise money for a good cause.
‘‘So I did it that year, and also the following year. So when I moves up here I decided to carry on.’’
Glen said as part of the emergency services he felt it was important to take part and support mental health charities.
‘‘Suicide and trauma rates within the emergency services are very high,’’ Glen said.
‘‘Not just with firies, but paramedics and police, too.
‘‘There’s also the PTSD side as well.
‘‘So I think it’s important to support these charities.’’
You can still donate to the cause by visiting www.firefighterclimb.org.au/ climber/glennshaw