Face your fears for foster kids

17th December 2019

Imagine the adrenaline-pumping thrill of confronting your fears, stepping over the edge of an iconic high-rise building in Melbourne’s CBD and abseiling down 27 floors to raise awareness of the fears foster kids face every day.

Having grown up in the foster care system since the age of just 4 years, Melbourne University student, Jesse Simpson, 20, knows all about facing fears.

“When I’m not studying, I lead a pretty active life. I’ve tried sky-diving, rock-climbing and white water rafting but I must confess I am a little nervous about abseiling 113 metres,” he says.

Jesse will be joined by two-hundred other adventuress souls stepping out of their comfort zone as part of Altitude Shift 2020 – an exciting fundraising challenge for individuals, teams and businesses.

Limited registrations are now open for this two-day event to be held on 17 & 18 April at the St James Building in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Paul McDonald, CEO of Anglicare Victoria, says that in this season of giving, signing up for Altitude Shift is a gift that will make a big difference for young people in foster care.

“Foster kids are forced through circumstance to step outside of their comfort zone on a daily basis. Every day they face the fear of being in a new home, the fear of being apart from family and the fear of the future,” says Paul.

Each night, Anglicare Victoria provides a home for more than 400 vulnerable children. Funds raised from Altitude Shift 2020 will go towards Anglicare Victoria’s foster care programs which include foster and residential care, emergency relief, parenting and family services, financial and legal services.

There is no fitness level or experience requirements and participants will receive full training and support.

“I didn’t have a great start in life but Anglicare Victoria have supported me from the moment I entered foster care 16 years ago. That’s why I am up for the abseiling challenge and shining a spotlight on the great work they do for children and young people in need,” says Jesse.-ends-

Find out more or Register today.

View the Altitude Shift short video

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