Elise’s dive for charity
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.