CEO hop­ing to hit the heights

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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

Ms Skates will ab­seil 160m or 40 storeys down QVI on Thurs­day as part of the Ur­ban De­scent.

“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 co­or­di­nate 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. This year we’ll just make sure all our ducks are in a row,” 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 Ad­ven­tur­ers has raised more than $9.5 mil­lion since its inception.

In 2017, money raised will sup­port re­search pro­grams at the Brain Tu­mour Re­search Laboratory based at the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute.

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The Ad­ven­tur­ers CEO An­gela Skates and di­rec­tor Matthew Fitzger­ald.

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