On the morning of August 16, the chilly wind was an unwelcome change to many Winnipeggers.
But for several in particular, it created a more complicated problem: rappelling down the RBC building, they had to battle heavy gusts of wind along with their fears.
“After years of talking about it, I have finally been convinced,” wrote Brent Bailey to his colleagues several weeks prior to participating in the Drop Zone. “It involves me risking life and limb as I rappel down the side of the RBC Building at Portage and Main.”
All participants of the Drop Zone for Easter Seals/SMD were required to raise a minimum of $1,500.
Bailey, however, threw something else into the mix if he surpassed the minimum and raised $2,000.
“I will don the tights and transform myself into the one and only Spiderman while I perform this daring act,” he said.
Sure enough, when Thursday morning rolled around, Bailey’s fundraising page marked him at $4,400 – more than double his requirement.
Despite the chill outside, friends and supporters gathered at 201 Portage – across from the RBC building – to watch their friends and family take on the Zone.
All money raised for the event will remain in Manitoba and support vital programs and social services that reach thousands of Manitobans with disabilities.