WATCH: Dozens of people took to the skies of Victoria for a worthy cause. Ceilidh Millar reports.
All eyes were glued to the sky on Thursday as dozens of daredevils descended down one of Victoria’s tallest buildings in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“It takes one ounce of courage for us to do it and we’re doing it for children who often require a lifetime of courage,” said Simone Conner with the BC/Yukon branch of the foundation.
More than 40 people rappelled down CIBC’s 15-storey building in downtown Victoria as part of the “Rope for Hope'” event.
The participants daring efforts raised more than $50,000 for the foundation.
“It’s a really good opportunity for members of the emergency response team to show our capabilities on the ropes and be able to raise some funds for a great event,” explained one volunteer.
Since 2017, the BC/Yukon branch has granted more than 130 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“My son had a wish about five years ago to meet Ryan Kesler and the Canucks,” said one participant. “I’m hoping to give back to this amazing organization!”
One of the participants was CHEK News’ own Kevin Charach who rappelled 160 feet dressed as Batman.
“It was a little terrifying at the top but honestly I was more excited and there was so much adrenaline,” said Charach. “It was a great experience all to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I’d highly recommend it!”
For more information about the event, visit Ropeforhope.ca