Altitude Shift Participant Profile – Alanah Brand

Alanah Brand is a foster carer and secondary school art teacher and she’s “seriously afraid of heights”.  

But Alanah is going to face her fears to raise awareness and funds for foster kids by abseiling down a Melbourne high-rise building for Anglicare Victoria’s thrilling fundraising event, Altitude Shift 2020. 

“I am completing Altitude Shift to show both the students in my care and students at school that even when you are afraid you can still complete gigantic feats!

Alanah is a portrait painter with a Masters in Visual Art and teaches art at Bendigo South East College, where she endeavours to “teach all students kindness, resilience, empathy and how they can express themselves through their art”. 

“I have been a teacher for seven years and a foster carer for eight months. Being a carer is both challenging and rewarding. In some respects, it’s similar to teaching, sometimes you take a step forward and other times you take two steps backwards.” 

“What I constantly remind myself of is that foster kids don’t choose to be in foster care, they come into my care afraid, missing their families and in need of love and support. I endeavour to give each child in my care a safe and loving home, as each child deserves the best start in life. Children are society’s future. They are invaluable and they teach me both persistence and patience.” 

Two hundred participants will take part in Altitude Shift on 17 and 18 April at the St James Building in Melbourne’s Bourke St. 

Registration is open to people of all fitness levels and previous abseiling experience is not needed. Full training and support will be provided.

Participants are raising funds to go towards Anglicare Victoria’s foster care programs. Anglicare Victoria helps around 80,000 children, young people and families in need each year withfoster and residential care, emergency relief, parenting and family services, financial and legal services.

Support Alanah’s‘Seriously afraid of heights’ team fundraising


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