On Saturday July 8, 2017, Cathleen Loge will join her mother, an 85-year-old former teacher, and daughter for a skydiving event on her birthday.
The three women will raise funds for a school in Tanzania by participating in the event, which is sponsored by Okanagan Skydive in British Columbia, Canada. They will take pledges for every second of the fall and encourage people to watch and offer their support during the dive. The school is being built in conjunction with Hope for the Nations, a non-profit organization that works in 25 countries across the globe to empower at-risk children. Hope for the Nations will coordinate the jump with Okanagan Skydive.
“This campaign offers the unique opportunity to raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun doing it,” said Patricia Phillips, executive director of HOPE.
Del Riemer, a pastor at Cathleen’s Summerland Baptist Church, is also participating in the jump. “‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’? Del is about to take a small step that could lead to a giant leap forward for kids in Tanzania,” said Loge. The skydiving event will support the Hope for the Nations drive to purchase classroom equipment and supplies for Living Waters Secondary School in Tanzania, which is expected to house 500 students when it opens in 2018. The school needs to be equipped with chalkboards, desks, chairs, science equipment and books.
In Tanzania, 95% of students never go beyond elementary school because high schools are limited and costly, which forces many children to enter the workforce shortly after finishing middle school.
The Living Waters Secondary School Project hopes to change those outcomes and help to eradicate poverty in Africa. Okanagan Skydive provides Tandem skydiving and certification programs at the Vernon Regional Airport. Skydives are executed between Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake. During the climb, skydivers can enjoy the views of the Okanagan Valley, the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Bridge.
Once the plane reaches the correct altitude, the Big White, Silverstar and Sunpeaks Ski Hills become visible.
After jumping, participants will free fall for 35 seconds before deploying their parachute for the landing at the Vernon Airport. During the free fall, skydivers will see the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. Currently, Okanagan Skydive is celebrating The Great Canadian FreeFall Festival from June 29 to July 3 with jumpers expected from around the world. The event includes Tandem jumps, wing suits and skydiving. “Okanagan Skydivers are planning to attempt to build a 12-person “150” formation. We will be making two or three attempts in the evening of Canada Day (July 1) right over Kin Beach, just prior to the fireworks show,” said Bret Chalmers, owner of Okanagan Skydive.
“This is how we celebrate Canada’s birthday.”
“Anyone can participate and come in and do a tandem. It gives them exposure to a really great sport,” Chalmers added. According to Hope for Nations, “This school will make private education available for all children, regardless of their ability to pay since many of the students are sponsored. Receiving a uniform, materials and a meal a day has been a staple for the many sponsored children at the Elementary School and your gift toward this building project will allow that to continue right through Secondary School for these students.”
To support the Living Waters Secondary School, readers can visit their Website!