Fall­ing from the sky to raise money

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - ERIN TASKER

Brave Ki­wis are pre­par­ing to jump out of a plane above Ash­bur­ton this month to raise money for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Can­ter­bury-West Coast di­vi­sion is part­ner­ing with Ash­bur­ton’s Sky­div­ing Ki­wis to to put on Jump for Can­cer on Novem­ber 25.

It’s an event all about rais­ing money for the Can­cer So­ci­ety, as well as rais­ing aware­ness about a dis­ease that takes so much from com­mu­ni­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants who reach a fundrais­ing tar­get of $800 will in re­turn get to jump out of an aero­plane from 13,000ft, which is 1000ft higher than last year’s suc­cess­ful event.

Last year Jump for Can­cer raised more than $9000, with 10 brave peo­ple tak­ing the plunge, and it’s hoped this year’s will raise even more.

The funds raised from Jump for Can­cer will be used by the Can­cer So­ci­ety to con­tinue its free can­cer ser­vices through­out the re­gion, El­iz­a­beth Chester­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive Can­ter­bury-West Coast di­vi­sion, said.

‘‘Over the past year the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s vol­un­teers and staff have worked tire­lessly in sup­port­ing lo­cal peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘In or­der to en­sure that we can con­tinue to ad­vo­cate and sup­port those peo­ple, we are re­liant on events like Jump for Can­cer to raise much needed funds.

‘‘Can­cer af­fects each of the 60 New Zealan­ders di­ag­nosed ev­ery day very dif­fer­ently, and the Can­cer So­ci­ety works hard to meet this wide va­ri­ety of needs.’’

Through­out the Can­ter­buryWest Coast, the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s free ser­vices in­clud­ing pa­tient ac­com­mo­da­tion, vol­un­teer driv­ing and the in­for­ma­tion line – 0800 CAN­CER (226 237) – are avail­able re­gard­less of a per­son’s cir­cum­stances, lo­ca­tion or di­ag­no­sis.

‘‘We know hav­ing can­cer can be hard, but get­ting help should not be,’’ Chester­man said.

So­phie-Claire Vi­o­lette from Sky­div­ing Ki­wis Ash­bur­ton said when the Can­cer So­ci­ety ap­proached them to be in­volved, they jumped at the chance to help make a dif­fer­ence for the sec­ond year run­ning and they were look­ing for­ward to the event.

Peo­ple want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in Jump For Can­cer can reg­is­ter at http://www.ev­ery­day­hero.co.nz/ event/Jump­for­cancer­cwc2017 or phone the Can­cer So­ci­ety on (03) 379 5835.

Sky­div­ing Ki­wis is based out of the Ash­bur­ton Air­port.


Han­nah Blair and Ethan Grif­fin were two who raised money for the Can­cer So­ci­ety at last year’s Jump for Can­cer.

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