Fire and Rescue workers are taking to Mount Ainslie today to raise funds for Lifeline Canberra.

The Ainslie to Everest will see firefighters in teams of five climb laps of the Canberran mountain, equalling the same total elevation as Mount Everest.

The Commander of Risk and Planning with ACT Fire & Rescue, Chris White, said the event is into its second year, with one set goal.

“Last year $50,000 dollars was raised for lifeline and this year we’re hoping to exceed that,” he said.

“Hopefully there’ll be some more donations coming through to reach the goal.”

Just a day out from the event, fundraising efforts had surpassed the $48,00 mark.

The funds will be given to lifeline, to assist the crisis support service.


“It costs Lifeline roughly $26 for the resources to answer a life-saving call. For every $26 donated, Lifeline can help save one more life. As first responders on the front line it’s a cause close to our firefighter’s hearts,” the Ainslie to Everest fundraising website reads.

Folks are also encouraged to come along and cheer on the Fire and Rescue crews. There is also a chance to learn more about emergency services, as well as a chance to meet and greet volunteers from the ACT Rural Fire Service.

While the firefighters start their climb at 9am, community activities will be on at the summit of the mountain from 10am until 2pm.

For more information and to donate, head to the Ainslie to Everest gofundraise website.

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