Ashburton’s mayor Donna Favel is about to do what few mayors do, let her life dangle by a few cords and a parachute, all in the name of raising money for the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
Favel will launch herself from the door of an aeroplane flying high above Ashburton airfield on Saturday afternoon, and that, she says is pushing herself well outside her comfort zone.
She will be one of 32 fundraising jumpers across Canterbury.
The Graeme Dingle Foundation works to inspire all school age New Zealand children to reach their full potential through programmes that help build self-esteem, promote good values and teach valuable life, education and health skills.
The foundation has partnered with Skydiving Kiwi in Ashburton and every dollar raised from this event will be spent on school-based programmes working alongside young people in our most vulnerable communities, so far over $30,000 has been raised.
The programmes are sequenced to create a positive vehicle for change for young people aged 5 to 18 years old.
This is what we call the Transformational Journey – a journey that helps our young people become more confident and resilient, find purpose and direction to achieve success.
By Sue Newman © The Ashburton Guardian - 3 May 2019