Footy to 52nd floor

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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