Mak­ing the leap of faith


What does jump­ing out of a plane and bat­tling can­cer have in com­mon?

It is all about fac­ing your fears, let­ting go, and in some cases let­ting some­one else take the lead.

Yes, it is that time of year again when peo­ple throw them­selves out of a plane, and all for a good cause. To raise money for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

This week­end an ex­pected 40 jumpers are go­ing to face their fears and jump for a cause af­ter rais­ing an es­ti­mated $35,000, an in­crease on 25 peo­ple and $27,000 last year.

Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Leo Me­d­ina said a lot of the peo­ple who raise money and jump have a back­ground story, with fam­ily or friends hav­ing suf­fered from or passed away from can­cer.

‘‘They have beau­ti­ful sto­ries,’’ he said.

Me­d­ina said the idea around Sky­div­ing is re­birth and re-life.

He said peo­ple do­ing if for the first time feel as if they are par­al­lel with some­one with can­cer, and it all has mean­ing.

In the near fu­ture Sky­dive Taupo¯ would like to get on board with the Breast Can­cer So­ci­ety, and em­brace their pink colours.

Peo­ple who have raised more than $800 get to ex­pe­ri­ence a free 4000 me­tre jump with a 45 sec­ond freefall be­fore glid­ing to the ground.

Those who have raise $1000+ will ex­pe­ri­ence a 5000m jump with a 60 sec­ond freefall.

‘‘You are fall­ing at 200 kilo­me­tres per hour and your brain doesn’t feel that you are fall­ing. It feels like you are fly­ing, It is such a won­der­ful feel­ing,’’ Me­d­ina said.

‘‘It is an in­cred­i­ble sen­sa­tion.’’

‘‘It is an in­cred­i­ble sen­sa­tion.’’


Sky­dive Taupo¯ will be help­ing to faise funds for the Can­cer oci­ety on Sun­day Novem­ber 5.

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