Taking the plunge for charity

Taking the plunge for charity

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Central Park Plunge participants Kendall Dunn, Rob Coales, Tayla Chance and Alex Emery from the Byford and Districts Country Club. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

In just over a fortnight, 10 brave representatives from the Byford and Districts Country Club will abseil 220 metres down Perth’s tallest building to raise money for charity.

The local Central Park Plunge team, featuring club staff and board members, has already gathered 135 donations totalling more than $9600 – with dozens of local residents leaving messages of support.

Every cent of the funds raised will support the invaluable work of Cahoots, a not-for-profit organisation facilitating inclusive opportunities for people living with a disability.

As of this week, the team is just $1400 shy of its $11,000 goal.

The plunge, which will be held on November 8, certainly isn’t one for the faint of heart, with the Central Park Building on St George’s Terrace standing at 52 storeys.

Among those participating in the plunge is Commercial Operations manager Ray Carey, who signed up to be part of the team despite his fear of heights.

“We’re a community-minded club and like to fundraise for charity each year,” he said.

“In the past, we’ve raised $10,000 for Movember – so we knew we had a great deal of support from our community and were confident we’d reach that $11,000 goal.

“We’ll be running some in-house promotion and fundraising, too.

“In fact, one of the chefs participating is launching a new burger, with $2 from every burger going to the charity.

“For us, this is an activity that will require real team work and help to build that camaraderie.

“When I signed up, I didn’t really consider what it might feel like to step off the tallest building in Perth’s CBD – I’m completely terrified.

“I’ve been watching videos online and have had knots in my stomach.

“I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but it’s all for a good cause.”

To donate, visit cpp20-cahoots.everydayhero.com/au/byford-districts-country-club