Taking the Plunge to help Kiwi Kids

stuffThe “drop your boss” fundraiser is back on in Invercargill next month, after its inaugural event in the city last year.

On December 3, Southland bosses will be dropped (with the proper safety equipment) from the 18 metre high Invercargill fire tower to raise money for the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

In Southland, the foundation runs the Kiwi Can and Career Navigator programmes in schools.

Kiwi Can is a values-based programme targeted at primary schools, while Career Navigator helps high school students prepare for the workplace.

Last year, $25,000 was raised by 25 bosses who volunteered to abseil down the fire tower.

Foundation regional manager Scott Bowden wants to see that figure increase this year.

The target is to get 40 bosses to raise $40,000.

Bowden said that more schools in Southland would like access to Kiwi Can and Career Navigator, but the money had to be found through fundraising.

“One hundred per cent of the funds raised stay in Southland and go to our schools.

“I’d like to be in as many schools as possible, but I’ve got to raise the money.”

Ryding2Health managing director Melanie Ryding is one of the bosses signed up to take part in the event.

She said that the charities were the motivation for getting involved.

“I’m really into supporting local charities, so its just an opportunity to raise money for a charity that goes under the radar.”

Ryding did not need much convincing to take the plunge.

“Heights aren’t a problem for me. I jumped off the Sky Tower on my first visit to Auckland – and then I’ve got plenty of volunteers willing to push me off.”

Bowden said there would be prizes in categories such as fastest drop, best costume, and loudest scream.

Last year the quickest drop was 7.8 seconds by EIS chief executive Dean Addie – just ahead of Southland district mayor Gary Tong’s 8.0 seconds.

The slowest time measured at over three minutes.

PLEASE DONATE TO MELANIE’S DROP HERE https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/dropmelanieryding#

CREDIT: Tim Newman – Stuff

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