Last week celebrities, chefs and social media influencers gathered to face their fears and abseil down all 27 floors of Melbourne’s iconic St James building before Altitude Shift officially takes place in late April.
The nerves and excitement for the day started with the first group of abseilers, Melbourne chefs Adam D’Sylva (Coda/Tonka) Daniel Wilson (Huxtaburger) and Zac Cribbes (Lucy Liu) who bravely took on the 113 metre descent.
“It’s hard work, but it’s awesome,” said Zac after abseiling.
Next to abseil was 18 year old Tysha.
Since the age of seven, Tysha has been living in foster care, beginning with a few short term homes, before moving to her current foster family, where she has been for the last 10 years.
Tysha loves playing music and her foster family arranged music lessons for her, including piano, guitar and singing, which led to her securing a scholarship with Ivanhoe Grammar School. Tysha is now off to study arts at university.
“Anglicare Victoria has been a big part of my life throughout my years in foster care. They’ve always been there and have helped me with my education and supported me financially with my fees for school.”
“I just think it’s a great cause to help support children in care.”
Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald met with Tysha and encouraged others to take the plunge this April, noting how kids in state care do not often have the same opportunities and experiences as kids in the wider community.
“We’re asking Melbournians and across Victoria to sign up to Altitude Shift.”
“Altitude Shift is about giving us that ability, through people’s kind donations and fundraising to ensure the Tysha’s of the world also have the same opportunity as maybe the people abseiling, their own children have had, or themselves for that matter.”
“What I see is the one per centres, that the State care system doesn’t necessarily cover, but we want to cover to make sure our kids get on to have good, young adult lives.”
Also taking on the challenge were former AFL player Brodie Holland and his wife, influencer Sarita Holland; influencer Lisa Hamilton; influencer Annelise Wilson; presenter EmmyLou MacCarthy; influencer and actress Chloe Szepanowski; influencer and actress Madison Daniel and reality star and influencer Laurina Fleur.
You too can challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone with Altitude Shift at the St James building in April 2018.
To find out more, or to sign up for Altitude Shift 2018, visit www.altitudeshift.org.au or phone 9412 6133.