Source: Blenheim Sun
On Saturday, 26 brave souls from around Marlborough gathered at Skydive Abel Tasman in Motueka to complete the jump of their lives: whether it was with the motivation of pushing themselves beyond their limits and out of their comfort zones, to feel a thrilling rush of adrenaline and the wind through their hair, or to simply do some good for young people in the community – or maybe all three.
They were all participating in Drop for Youth Marlborough, an initiative raising money for the regional Graeme Dingle Foundation.
In the lead up to the skydive, the group of ‘droppers’ – which included real estate agents, teachers, a 91 year-old pensioner, yours truly (Sun reporter, Aimee O’Hagan), representatives from wineries and the aquaculture industry, and others – were feeling a range of emotions; from excitement to nervousness, terror to determination.
For me, the hardest part of the jump was when the instructor opened the plane door. Looking down at the world below, it was hard not to feel absolutely petrified.
Luckily, the feeling didn’t last. There was no time to really feel the panic; five seconds later and we had already leaped out of the plane.
After returning to base following the jump, I could not get the ear-to-ear grin off my face. Others seemed to be exactly the same – regardless of what they had been feeling beforehand.
As a collective, the jumpers raised over $68,000 prior to the day of the event.
The tally is continuing to climb, with the participants’ Givealittle pages still open for an additional three weeks.
All money raised is going towards funding Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough programmes such as Kiwi Can, Stars, and Career Navigator positively impacting over 3000 Marlborough young people, from five year-olds to year 13 school leavers.
To make a donation before this year’s Drop for Youth initiative finally comes to a close, visit https://givealittle.co.nz/event/ dyf-marlborough.
For more photos from the event, see The Sun’s Out and About section on page 14.
The Sun reporter, Aimee O’Hagan, was one of 26 participants to go skydiving on Saturday as part of Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough’s initiative, Drop for Youth Marlborough 2020.