Leaping down tower for charity


St John Nelson will literally be leaping into their annual appeal later this month, giving locals the opportunity to abseil down the Nelson Fire Station tower.

The event will involve plenty of adrenaline and courage, but for the opportunity to descend down the four-storey tower, they will need to raise a minimum of $500 for the ambulance service.

St John Nelson area executive officer Sarah McCabe says they already have eight people on board for the abseil, which has been dubbed ‘Leap for Team Green.’

“We can take up to 20 entries, so there are still plenty of spaces for people to take on the challenge,” she says.

“Participants can either make a donation of $500 to St John, or raise the money through Givealittle or by personal fundraising to have the opportunity to abseil the tower.”

One entrant, Tanya McMurtrie, has already raised $400 through her Givealittle page and says she is doing it not only to help St John, but to challenge herself, because she “doesn’t like heights.”

St John Nelson area chair Keith Adams says that every day St John ambulance officers are called out to challenging emergency situations.

“We decided that abseiling down the fire tower was a great way for people to challenge themselves and support St John,” he says.

“All funds raised from this event will help to provide essential equipment, medical supplies, ambulances and support for our ambulance officers. We need to raise $1000 every day to maintain ambulance services in the Nelson area.”

The Leap for Team Green fundraising challenge is happening on Thursday 31 March. Anyone interested in signing up can contact Sarah McCabe at St John Nelson on (03) 546 9445 extension 2, or [email protected] The minimum age for participants is 16. Note: this will not be a public event.