Skydive fundraiser: Doctors take to the skies to support children’s charities

2010-03-08 00:00

DRIVEN by a passion to see the eradication of HIV and Aids in South Africa, a group of young doctors scaled new heights this weekend, skydiving for charity.

The doctors will be able to distribute roughly R7 000, as well as other funds they have raised, among various children’s charities in Pietermaritzburg.

The jump, which they have called the Long Fall of Hope 2010, echoes the vision of their Long Walk of Hope last year, which saw doctors participate in a 1 700 km walk relay from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg.

One of the event organisers, Dave Cloete, said part of their vision is to stress the message of being united by challenges overcome rather than being divided by challenges neglected.

“Our hope is that those less fortunate are given better opportunities by funds raised, and at the very least, given inspiration in the knowledge that there are people who care about them and support them.”

He said their latest project would not have been possible without assistance from the owners of the Durban Skydiving Centre on the farm Angels’ Way, near Eston. Roy Steemson and Vernon Kloppers threw their weight behind the fundraising initiative by arranging for the dives of the 18 participants to be performed at a discount.

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