A charitable plunge
A SOUTH Perth businessman decided to take the plunge to see how much he could raise to help young people in need.
Johannes Weirather, general manager of South Perth business Clue Design, decided to abseil down the Central Park Building on Saturday August 8 to raising money for various charities.
The event is known as the Central Park Plunge and is Australia’s highest urban abseil to help raise money for Anglicare WA, the Fiona Wood Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Kids’ Camps Inc.
Mr Weirather was among 46 courageous individuals who braved the elements over the weekend to abseil 220 metres from the 52-storey building, raising over $65,000 for his chosen charity, Anglicare WA.
“I have a healthy level of vertigo, but somehow managed to enjoy myself on the 220m journey down Central Park tower,” Mr Weirather said.
“Even though it was a frightening prospect, taking part was a no brainer; I believe as a profit-driven business, giving back to the community is a social obligation.
“There is more to business than only striving for sales and growth.
“Supporting a cause you believe in leads to a strong intrinsic motivation that translates into other areas of the business,” he said.
Anglicare WA will direct the money to its Street Connect Program , which helps the charity’s youth workers to reach out to youth on the street providing them with counselling, referrals, advocacy and crisis intervention programs.
Anglicare WA’s executive general manager of marketing and partnerships Carrick Robinson said the money goes a long way to helping workers reaching out to youth on our streets.
“Thanks to Anglicare WA’s participants and supporters, we were able to raise much needed funds for our Street Connect program and increase awareness of all the wonderful work it does,” he said.
Clue Design general manager Johannes Weirather abseiled down Central Park for charity.