This morning I suited up and took an elevator to the top of the AXA Building on Hastings at Burrard. Along with over 50 people who will each have their turn on the ropes today, I repelled myself down 20 stories (200ft) in support of Easter Seals Canada.
Yesterday I posted a tweet about my participation and asked if anyone could come and take some photos. Turns out I had a bit of an entourage this morning as Bev Davies, Raul, Jakob and Cole from Nordica, and Keith along with my husband, my mother and Keira came by to take photos and cheer me on.
Although you’re safely strapped in (thanks to the amazing crew from Cliffhanger) it’s still quite scary to back onto a ledge, swing your legs over, and lower yourself down a building. My hands clamped and eyes focused on the rappelling device. I began my descent.
A million thoughts rushed through my head. Should I turn and look at the view? Should my legs be straighter? This rope is getting warm.
Half way down I thought about all of the extraordinary things I get to do. In the last 10 months alone I went ziplining, I swam in the Caribbean, I walked on the Swiss Alps, I covered the Olympics, I went sailing, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and I played baseball at the Field of Dreams. I am so thankful for these amazing opportunities. I then thought about the cause. Easter Seals gives amazing opportunities to those with disabilities across Canada and makes sure they lead a life full of self-esteem and self-determination (while having some fun along the way).
After seeing my small feat for a big cause this morning I hope that you will consider donating to Easter Seals. Should you chose to do so, a minimum $20 donation will enter you into a draw to win a 2-night stay at Tinhorn Creek Winery. I will keep the contest going for the rest of today.
Thank you to everyone that came out this morning, the other participants for their fundraising and promotion, and to all of my readers who check in every now and then to see what I’ve gotten myself up to.