Taking the plunge helps kids

Getting the feel for heights is weight loss participant Debbie-Lee Wilcox who wants to abseil down a Brisbane skyscraper for Save the Children Australia.
Getting the feel for heights is weight loss participant Debbie-Lee Wilcox who wants to abseil down a Brisbane skyscraper for Save the Children Australia. Tanya Easterby

GYMPIE woman Debbie-Lee Wilcox will make a brave move in support of Save the Children Australia when she abseils down a Brisbane skyscraper later this month.

Debbie, who was inspired to take on the nerves-of-steel challenge after she willed herself to lose 30kg, will take on what used to be Brisbane's tallest skyscraper when she joins 200 brave faces in abseiling down 36 floors of the Gold Tower in the Ultimate Urban Abseil.

"I know I will be pretty scared on the day, but I'm also excited to abseil down a skyscraper as this is one of the first things I've been able to do since losing all the weight," Debbie said.

"I'm sure it will be very rewarding once it's done and is going to give me the encouragement I need to keep going with my weight loss."

The event will raise funds for Save the Children's Queensland programs and emergency services, which includes establishing six Child Friendly Spaces in Ipswich, Brisbane and Bundaberg in the aftermath of the recent floods.

Entrants must raise $1000 for Save the Children in order to take on the 36-storey building this year, following the successful inaugural event last year when a team of superheros scaled the building to raise $198,000 for the cause.

Debbie said she decided to take on the challenge after learning about the work Save the Children does with vulnerable children.

"Since having my son, who is now two-and-a-half, I've realised the importance of family life," she said.

"Children are so important and you want to do everything in your power to protect them and I hope all children are protected.

"This is such an awesome way to raise money for an amazing cause."

To sponsor Debbie, make a donation online at 36floors.gofundraise.com.au/page/debbiedoesit.

Gympie Times


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