Rappel raises money for Easter Seals
Published Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:10PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 5, 2013 3:55PM MDT
Calgarians pulled on their tights and donned capes and masks to take part in the annual Easter Seals Drop Zone rappel down the side of the Sun Life Plaza on Thursday.
CTV Calgary’s Kathy Le was among the dozens of people who dressed up like superheroes to slide down the side of the building.
The Easter Seals Drop Zone raises money to provide equipment and camp programs for children and adults with disabilities living in Alberta.
Participants must raise a minimum of $1500 in pledges and attend a mandatory training session before they are harnessed up for the big drop.
It was Jacob McGregor’s first Drop Zone and he says it definitely won’t be his last.
“The view up there is so awe-inspiring and actually doing it is such an interesting experience that I would be willing to do this again,’ said McGregor.
McGregor has Cerebral Palsy so he was loaded into a sling and accompanied by another climber for the 115 metre descent.
“There are parts of the experience where you do get banged up against the building, so that obviously wasn’t quite as fun as the rest of it. The overall experience was as good as I hoped it would be,” said McGregor.
Jacob McGregor is the 2013 Easter Seals ambassador and says the Drop Zone is a great initiative.
“They do so much good for the community and everybody with disabilities. Please get out there and help them. What we’re working for today is Camp Horizon which sends people with disabilities to summer camp for a week and its just not something you would get to do as a person with a disability so please get out there and help us out,” said McGregor.
For more information on Camp Horizon and to make a donation, visit the Easter Seals Alberta website.