Ever wanted to sky dive? Well, here’s your chance to do just that while donating money to some great charities.
Leslie Farkas, co-owner of Skydive Wasaga Beach, has been granted permission to conduct a tandem skydiving event from Sept. 14 through 16, with landings on the beach at Wasaga for an event that will benefit two local non-profit groups as well as raising awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Given that I regularly support the ALS Foundation (https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/SPageServer/?pagename=WLK_landing&s_src=paidsearch&s_subsrc=google&gclid=Cj0KCQjw4eaJBhDMARIsANhrQAAXyX7IUWUuXjQecLXEQunghy5EJrNmF9Tp-IBP2_JZXyWaQp9-R3gaAv6SEALw_wcB) I want to showcase this initiative. Now, does that mean I’ll be sky diving? Ummmm…. don’t think so. But I will be a keen observer from the sidelines.
Farkas and his spouse and business partner Melanie Case are offering donors the chance to do a tandem jump with a skilled parachutist, taking off from Edenvale with a landing spot at the Wasaga Beach Sports Park. A jump will cost $599 with $100 from each jump being split between the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank, and the Friends of Nancy Island. Farkas said depending on the weather, they should be able to do about 20 jumps a day.
The connection to ALS, a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control, is both related to Farkas’ aunt — who died of the disease in 2020 — and the honour of the first jump going to local woman Jane Cubitt. Cubitt has ALS and skydiving has been on her “bucket list” for some time. Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane is among those sharing his voice to support this initiative.
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