For many people, a skydive is a once in a lifetime experience. For Alisha Matthews, once wasn’t enough.
The 29-year-old has signed up to Jump for Cancer for the second year in a row and is aiming to raise even more for the Cancer Society in 2019.
“I always wanted to help the Cancer Society in some way. A skydive was on my bucket list, so why not?”
Jump for Cancer is a unique fundraising event in support of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. Once fundraisers reach their goal, they’re rewarded with a tandem skydive from Skydive Taupo over one of the world’s most stunning drop zones.
Like many fundraisers who take part in Jump for Cancer, Alisha and her whānau have been personally impacted by cancer.
“My Dad passed away from cancer in Tauranga. The Cancer Society helped a lot. I was only a teenager at the time, but I was so grateful. I thought, well this is my opportunity to help and give back.”
“I got a taste for fundraising. I did the New Year Challenge and collecting for Daffodil Day. Any opportunity to support the Cancer Society, I’m willing to do it. But getting to skydive was a major bonus.”
While many people might quiver at the prospect of falling to Earth from 12,000ft, Alisha took it all in her stride.
“Honestly, I thought there was something wrong with my brain because I wasn’t scared at all. Up in the plane it was really peaceful. I’m not religious at all, but I thought up in the clouds, I’m with Dad.
“It was amazing afterwards when I landed. I felt really excited. I wished I’d done a bigger freefall, as crazy as it sounds — and I thought I was afraid of heights!”
Alisha’s aiming to raise over $1000 this year which will earn her a tandem skydive from even higher — an incredible 15,000ft!
What’s her fundraising strategy? Calling on friends and family for support and running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings where she works.
Taking on the dual challenge of fundraising for the Cancer Society and skydiving has been incredibly rewarding.
“Yeah, I feel quite proud, now that I think about it.”
Learn more: http://everydayhero.co.nz/event/jumpforcancer1