Kallista-The Patch fireys to climb sky-high for charity

(Left to right): Kallista-The Patch firefighters Luke McLean, Peter Toender, Richard O'Brien, Kyle Power and Graham Barrow at last year's Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

A group of outer-Melbourne CFA members are preparing to feel the burn when they take on the stair climb challenge next month.

The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb 2023 will take place on Saturday 2 September.

Participants will climb 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and beathing apparatus to raise money and awareness for depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide.

Kallista-The Patch CFA Captain Peter Toender has once again rounded up a group of enthusiastic stair climbers to take on the challenge this year.

Brigade members Richard O’Brien, Luke Maclean and Graham Barrow will join Peter in scaling 28 floors in firefighting gear to raise money for the cause.

“Mental health is very important to our brigade and it’s been a focus for us following a pretty challenging few years in a row responding to tragic incidents,” Peter said.

“We’ve been participating for four years straight now, so we’re keen to continue pulling together a team for this.

“It’s a really great cause and one we’re passionate about.”

Peter said it’s always been a great achievement to make it to the top and hopes the team can repeat their success again this year.

“It’s a really good activity to do together as a team and as a brigade,” he said.

“We don’t have a goal and are just happy giving it a go and raising money for a good cause, so if anyone is willing and able to support us, that would be much appreciated.”

Last year, Kallista-The Patch Fire Brigade raised more than $1940 as part of the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.

To support the brigade and the stair climb’s causes, donate online at www.firefighterclimb.org.au/donations/donate/cfa/kallista-the-patch.