Entertainer Max Kay to take part in Central Park Plunge


Ashleigh Wood and Max Kay atop Central Park. Picture: Jon Hewson d470443
Ashleigh Wood and Max Kay atop Central Park. Picture: Jon Hewson d470443

MAX Kay is taking family bonding to new heights for a good cause.

The Perth entertainer will abseil 220m from the top of the Central Park building, wearing a kilt, with his “daredevil” grand-daughter Ashleigh Wood (18) by his side to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The Menora residents week went to the 52nd floor of the CBD skyscraper for a quick run-through on what to expect on the day of the Central Park Plunge on September 10.

“I had no intention of jumping off a building ever, never, at any time,’ Mr Kay said.

“I hate heights; I was in Sydney where there’s a glass platform that you walk across and you can see down and I can’t walk across it, and here I am going to jump off this building.”

Kay’s brush with the disease about 10 years ago motivated him to face his fear of heights.

“I had mild prostate cancer in 2006; fortunately I was very lucky, they were looking at it for quite some time,” he said.

“They said the best thing we can do for you is Brachytherapy which is inserting the prostate with radioactive seeds.

“So for six months you can’t have a grand child on your knee, can’t do any of these things.”

Kay, who is on the foundation board, urged men to get checked for cancer.

“I speak to people who are in their 40s and had cancer in the family but never got checked,” he said.

“We need to break that barrier down and get people to go get checked out.

“A few weeks ago, one woman was crying to me, she said ‘you were here two years ago and my husband had never been checked but when he heard you speak he thought he would have it done’.

“By the time he had it done, he lived nine days after that because by that time it was in the lungs.”

Three hundred people will abseil between September 8 and 10, with money raised going to one of four charities.

Go to www.centralparkplunge.com.au.

Central Park Plunge schedule

– Ronald McDonald House – 148 descents Friday September 8 / Saturday September 9 (morning)

– The Fiona Wood Foundation – 52 descents Saturday September 9 (afternoon)

– Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – 32 descents Sunday September 10 (morning)

– Cahoots – 68 descents Sunday September 10 (late morning and into the afternoon)