Learning to fly the hard way
WOULD you be willing to overcome your greatest fear to raise money for charity?
Port Douglas resident Karina Hose suffers from acrophobia - a fear for heights - and conquering that fear will raise money for orphanages and those enduring extreme poverty in Nepal.
Karina is travelling to Nepal in September to conquer the heights on the Annapurna trek.
In the meantime, Ms Hose aims to face her fears head-on, with a smorgasbord of high adrenalin and terrifying personal challenges to raise money for the GVI Foundation and her ‘‘heightathon’’.
‘‘I really wanted to participate in making a difference in Nepal so I looked into the programs that help the children, regain structure to their lives and to their communities,’’ Karina said.
I decided to raise money through something that I can achieve here in my home town, like standing up to my biggest greatest fearompletely terrified of heights.
‘‘The list is pretty long, I’ll challenge myself to skydive, bungy jump, abseil, hangglide, parasail, go up in a hot air balloon, indeed any extreme sport involving height.’’
Karina is looking for sponsors to support her charity challenge, with each individual event filmed, and will also write blogs on her experiences.
Supporters will be able to follow her progress on the Heightathon page on Facebook. If you can offer support, call Karina on 0408 731 842.