September 12, 2013, VICTORIA – Over $113,000 was raised this year at the Easter Seals Drop Zone, all to benefit children with disabilities here on Vancouver Island.
The 8th annual event saw everyday superheroes from across the Island rappelling 13 storeys down the CIBC building in downtown Victoria.
Nearly 50 brave fundraising participants took part in the event. “The Drop Zone continues to get bigger and better every year and it’s thanks to the outstanding support of the entire community,” says Stephen Miller, President and CEO of the BC Lions Society, “They are truly heroes for children with disabilities on Vancouver Island.”
Notable amongst the participants was former logger Fred McMurray, who celebrated his 88th birthday last Friday and took part alongside his granddaughter Kara. Fred is now officially the oldest person in all of Canada to ever take part in the Drop Zone.
All funds raised at the Victoria Easter Seals Drop Zone stay on Vancouver Island and go towards Easter Seals Services here on the Island. These services include Easter Seals House; a home away from home for children and their families who are traveling for medical treatment or diagnosis, and Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan; a fully accessible camp for children with physical and cognitive disabilities. This past summer, over 300 children with disabilities from communities across the Island were able to attend Camp Shawnigan thanks in part to fundraising events like the Drop Zone.
The Easter Seals Drop Zone is a national event being held in 15 cities across Canada. For more information, visit thedropzone.ca