Journalist set for daring jump

Aimee O'Hagan smiling poiting at Drop for Youth poster

In a month’s time, a number of people will be jumping out of a plane to skydive for charity.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation has been signing people up to be their ‘daring troopers’ as part of the organisation’s Drop for Youth Marlborough fundraiser which takes place on February 22 with Abel Tasman Skydive.

Already there are 24 participants who have their Givealittle pages up and running, which provides the public and their supporters with a way to make donations.

The Sun Newspaper is proud to support Drop for Youth Marlborough, but not just by being there; but by also having one of their reporters, Aimee O’Hagan, take the 9000ft plunge.

Aimee, who joined the Sun team 12 months ago, says skydiving has always been something she wanted to experience to “tick it off my bucket list”.

“What better reason than to also raise money for a great local organisation,” she says.

“It’s going to be terrifying doing this but for now I’m not feeling the panic; but on the plane looking out it will set in.

“It will be very scary but worth it. The Graeme Dingle Foundation provides a lot of great programmes within the community for kids, such as Kiwi Can. They’re all about helping kids tackle the world and learning to use good strategies to develop positive relationships and resilience.” Applications are still being taken for those wanting to sign up for Drop for Youth Marlborough. Asked why she would recommend it to others, Aimee says for “the same reason as I’m doing it”.

“To face your fears and to show youth that there will be obstacles in life that they must face during their lives, but with the right tools and knowledge these obstacles can be overcome,” she says.

Also taking part in the Drop for Youth fundraiser is Sanfords manager, Ted Culley.

Ted is currently leading the fundraising efforts with more than $23,000 in donations.

Of the 24 participants in this event to date they have raised more than $37,000. But with your help this amount could be even more.

So far the aquaculture and wine industries are well represented while other industries include education, media, engineering, food distribution, viticulture and winemaking, a funeral director and community members.

Signing up is simple; to find out more and to register, email A Givealittle page is then set up for participants, then all they need to do is raise a minimum of $1000.

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