Elise’s dive for char­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ELISE Naz­zari is no fan of heights but put her fears to one side to raise money for Youth Fo­cus.

The Bur­swood res­i­dent and Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia na­tional fi­nal­ist sky­dived in Rock­ing­ham on Sun­day.

Ms Naz­zari, who dealt with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion as a teenager, has col­lected more than $860 so far in her quest to raise $1500 for the men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I was very scared to be do­ing it and the fact it was meant to be on Satur­day and post­poned be­cause of the bad weather added to that,” she said.

“When I was sit­ting on the edge of the plane, it felt like quite a while but it was only about one minute. I was just think­ing to my­self that I needed to be brave and not cry.

“It was ac­tu­ally pretty pic­turesque when I was falling through the sky.

“I could see Pen­guin Is­land, the coast­line and I felt so proud when I landed.”

Ms Naz­zari said she was scared of heights, which in­cluded rides on roller­coast­ers.

“I was able to tackle some­thing that I never wanted to do,” she said.

“The idea came af­ter I at­tended the open­ing of (in­door sky­div­ing busi­ness) iFLY in Bel­mont as part of Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia and it was sug­gested to me as a way of rais­ing money.

“To raise money for Youth Fo­cus is fan­tas­tic. I’m hop­ing to en­cour­age other peo­ple to utilise it.”

Ms Naz­zari will com­pete in the Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia fi­nals on the Gold Coast on April 1.

Elise Naz­zari falling through the air.

Elise just be­fore her jump.

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