Mind over mat­ter for brain re­search

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THE Ad­ven­tur­ers chief ex­ec­u­tive An­gela Skates will face her big­gest fear this month to raise money for child­hood brain cancer re­search.

Ms Skates, of Shoalwater, will ab­seil 160m or 40 storeys down QVI on April 27 as part of the Ur­ban De­cent. “I’m ter­ri­fied of heights,” she said. As the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Ad­ven­tur­ers, founded by Rick and Emily Par­ish after their son El­liot was di­ag­nosed with brain cancer, Ms Skates will lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion into a new era.

The Ad­ven­tur­ers now has its own WA char­ity li­cence and is reg­is­tered with ASIC as The Pi­rate Ship Foun­da­tion.

There are plans to ap­ply for char­ity li­cences in other states so the or­gan­i­sa­tion can co-or­di­nate ad­ven­tures na­tion­ally.

“Be­cause of the tran­si­tion this year, we’ll op­er­ate as per usual and in 2018 we’ll start to look at or­ches­trat­ing ad­ven­tures in other states,” Ms Skates said.

2017 ad­ven­tures will take place in Thai­land, Ja­pan, the East Kim­ber­ley, Ice­land and Rus­sia.

“Most of our ad­ven­tures are full, so we’ve had a good re­sponse,” Ms Skates said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has raised more than $9.5 mil­lion. In 2017, it will sup­port the Brain Tu­mour Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory at Telethon Kids In­sti­tute. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467503

Picture: Will Rus­sell

The Ad­ven­tur­ers CEO An­gela Skates with direc­tor Matthew Fitzger­ald.

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