Early in the morning on Saturday 24 August eleven extremely brave ACRF supporters took the biggest leap of faith – jumping out of a plane at 14,000ft for cancer research!
The skydive over the beautiful beach at North Wollongong was the climax of several months of fundraising (not to mention nerves!), with each ACRF supporter pledging to raise $1,700 for their jump.
Together, our 11 ‘Jump! for Cancer Research’ participants went above and beyond, raising more than $34,000 for world-class cancer research, a cause which is very close to their hearts.
Our highest fundraiser was Krystyna Pollard who alone raised over $5,000. Krystyna joined our Jump event in order to face her fears – this was her way of making a brave gesture in support of her mother’s current fight against pancreatic cancer.
Krystyna told us, “I hope that by flinging myself out of a plane I can not only raise money so someone, somewhere can perhaps find a cure for this disease, but so I can face some fear of my own and overcome it. Just like mum is.”
For most of our jumpers, this exhilarating event had a very grounding, humble motivation: family. Team M.T.V (sisters Maria and Teresa, and best friend Vicky) together raised $6,000 in tribute to Maria’s own double cancer scare with Non-Hodgkin, and then Hodgkin lymphoma, Julia Marshall jumped in honour of her aunt, Susanne Richter for her father.
Susanne told us, “I am so happy to support such a wonderful cause and I am very proud of all the other jumpers and the incredible amount of money that was raised. This was definitely an experience I will never forget!
Each of our Jumpers is truly an inspiration to us – we are in awe of their bravery, determination and generosity and we cannot thank them enough for what they have achieved!
If you are interested in skydiving for cancer research via our Jump! fundraising program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Check out some of the great photos from the day: