Footy to 52nd floor
FOUR West Australian Football League club chief executives will take the Central Park Plunge in September, with one signing up before he knew it meant dangling off the 52nd floor of a building.
West Perth Football Club’s David Crute, Perth Football Club’s Marty Atkins, South Fremantle’s Tom Bottrell and Subiaco Football Club’s Peter Capes will abseil 220m down the side of the Central Park building on St Georges Terrace to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
They will join 296 others who will abseil from September 8 to 10, and donate money raised to one of four charities.
The WAFL four recently headed to the top of the CBD building for the first time to get a preview of what to expect on the day, with a couple commenting their nerves kicked in looking over the edge.
Mr Atkins admitted he didn’t realise what the task was before he signed up for it.
“It sounds a bit stupid; I was told it was a Central Park Plunge, which I thought was plunging into ice cold water, or something along those lines, I said ‘yeah no worries’ then found out what Central Park was and then what plunge meant,” he said.
“I have committed to jumping off a building that looks perfectly normal with stairs and lifts, but the need is the cause.
“I’ve done some abseiling but never from this height, done some bungee jumping, but when you go up there it is a whole different ball game.
“Once you get over the edge, you’ve just got to enjoy it.”
The abseil raised almost $1 million in the last two years.