Ir­ish eyes smile on Perth jump

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - Leah Roberts

APRIL Fool’s Day was no joke for Hil­ton res­i­dent Aish­ling Ni Bhri­onn, who jumped out of a plane to raise money for epilepsy in mem­ory of her brother.

John Byrne died sud­denly as a re­sult of epilepsy.

A to­tal of 15 peo­ple com­pleted sky dives in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and raised a to­tal of $2300 for Epilepsy WA.

Ms Ni Bhri­onn said those who planned to jump in Ire­land were un­able to af­ter a weather change.

“The weather did not hold up, so the jump had to be post­poned to July 5, the day of John’s an­niver­sary and be­gin­ning of Ir­ish sum­mer,” she said.

“I be­lieve there are 22 jumpers for Ire­land which in­cludes me, as I will be vis­it­ing at that time.”

Ire­land-born Ms Ni Bhri­onn said she thought her late brother would have played it down.

“I can imag­ine him say­ing, ‘fair play, yep, you’re all mad’. He would have been a lit­tle bit mor­ti­fied about all the stuff ev­ery­one is do­ing for him,” she said.

The first-time sky diver said the jump was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“I could not have asked for a bet­ter group of peo­ple to ‘jump for John’ with,” she said.

Aish­ling Ni Bhri­onn com­plet­ing her sky­dive.

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