Falling from the sky to raise money
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.