Sky­divers make good-cause leap

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - STEPH RANGI

When 12 tan­dem masters de­cided to do some­thing ‘‘to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate’’ they had no idea their ex­ploits would later be shared far and wide.

Taupo¯ Tan­dem Sky­div­ing’s (TTS) tan­dem masters and pi­lots first stripped down ‘‘for a bit of fun’’ in Novem­ber, tak­ing pho­tos of their an­tics in the process.

Lit­tle did they know they’d later be­come cal­en­dar mod­els to help Kiwi char­i­ties.

‘‘It started off as some fun but we fig­ured a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity know them and know who they are,’’ TTS mar­ket­ing man­ager Daisy Hyl­ton said.

And so the ‘‘TTS 2018 To­tally In­ap­pro­pri­ate Cal­en­dar’’ was born fea­tur­ing 12 of the com­pany’s tan­dem masters semi-naked.

‘‘To co­in­cide with that, we’ve cho­sen 12 char­i­ties for each month of the year to ben­e­fit from the funds raised.’’

Over Jan­uary, the TTS team are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to get in­volved and help raise funds by buy­ing the cal­en­dar, do­nat­ing to a Givealit­tle page TTS has al­ready set up or rais­ing money on their own Givealit­tle pages set up for the cause.

All the pro­ceeds from those meth­ods would then be div- ided among the 12 char­i­ties.

As an added in­cen­tive, two free 4000m sky­dives have been put up for the two peo­ple who raise the most funds.

The 12 char­i­ties cho­sen all have some mean­ing to the team at TTS. Some are lo­cal ones, oth­ers are New Zealand­based ones. They are: Me­gan’s SDR Dream, The Blue Duck Project, Kid­sCan, Green­ing Taupo¯, Boomerang Bags Taupo¯, Shel­ter Box NZ, Lake Taupo¯ Hospice, Cameron Wil­son Trust, Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter, NZ Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion, Chil­dren’s Autism Foun­da­tion, Can­Teen.

The fundrais­ing will run un­til Jan­uary 31.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Josh is one of 12 Taupo Tan­dem Sky­div­ing tan­dem masters to strip down for a good cause.

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