Vol­un­teer fired up for cause close to heart

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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

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