Abseil for PMH superheroes take on QV1 to help sick kids

It was a great few days for all involved at the 2016 Abseil for PMH event on the 5, 6 and 7 May. 350 daring superheroes took part over the three days and raised over $489,000 for the PMH Foundation! This amazing effort shattered the previous record of $425,000 raised in 2014 – and fundraising is continuing until 29 May.

Descending down the 40 storey QV1 building, the 160 metre event was the highest single-span Abseil in Perth.

PMH Foundation CEO, Denys Pearce, commented,

“The 2016 Abseil for PMH was such a successful event for the Foundation … it is great to see fantastic continuing community support for the kids at Princess Margaret Hospital.”

“We are very happy that we were able to put on such a unique experience for so many people.”

New to Abseil for PMH was the exhilarating zipline experience! Participants had the option to zip through the air and land safely in the QV1 People’s Plaza on Hay Street. Adrenaline and smiles were plentiful as our fundraisers became true superheros soaring above the crowds of friends and family below!

Our Highest Individual Fundraiser Daniel taking on the abseil face-forward!

Our Highest Individual Fundraiser Daniel taking on the abseil face-forward!

Despite the great achievements and broken records, our superheroes still weren’t content. Robert Sulley courageously tackled the zipline challenge in this year’s Abseil for PMH and in doing so broke the Australian record for the highest zipline by a quadriplegic person! Fearless Robert was assisted out of his wheelchair at the top of the building and kitted up by the outstanding team at Adventure Out Australia, who ensured the smooth running of the event and the record breaking attempt to allow Robert to fly like a bird as many eagerly watched on.

A huge congratulations goes to our Highest Individual Fundraiser Daniel Italiano for raising more than $13,000 towards the effort! Daniel was motivated by his daughter Ariella, a patient at PMH who suffers epilepsy due to an undiagnosed condition, to raise funds for this great cause. Originally hoping to raise $500, Daniel went above and beyond to help children like Ariella who are in desperate need of help.

“The more people who donate to this fantastic cause, which helps so many families across the state, the greater the impact we can make” Daniel explains on his Fundraising page. Thanks for the incredible effort Daniel!

The Lawrence Business Group team accepting their trophy as Highest Fundraising Team!

The Lawrence Business Group team accepting their trophy as Highest Fundraising Team!

The team from Lawrence Business Management came in as the Highest Fundraising team, securing over 300 donations and contributing $22,235 to the cause. The team writes, “We’re doing something truly scary to make a difference to the lives of sick and injured children.” Team member and Managing Director, Brent Fairhead, raised over $10,000 of the team total in memory of his Cousin’s child who was a patient at PMH but sadly passed away after four weeks.

“I will be giving my sweat (lots) and tears (maybe more) … in order to help some of the 190 kids PMH looks after every day”. Well done to Brent and his team for the outstanding endeavour!

It was certainly a day to remember with plenty of food and crafts stalls organised by QV1 to keep tummies full and little hands active as the abseiling was going on overhead.

Even Stitches Bear took part in the action, heroically descending the building to the cheers of the crowd below!

Thank you to QV1, building owners Investa and Eureka and of course Adventure Out Australia for helping to make the day such an amazing success!

Fundraising will remain open until the 29th of May so go ahead and visit abseilforpmh.com.au to donate to this wonderful cause! Or check out all the photos and action from the event at our Facebook page.

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