Ms Charles, a Year 1 teacher at South Halls Head Primary School, was touched by her student Lachlan Rennie’s battle with the disease.
‘Lachlan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was very little,’ Ms Charles said.
‘His parents are also close family friends of mine, so I get to see first hand how this condition has affected him and his family.’
Ms Charles would love to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also raise awareness of the disease.
‘When the Jump for Cure came up I said yes straight away as I knew people would be more inclined to donate if I was doing something courageous,’ she said.
‘I saw this as a great tribute to the courage Lock shows daily.’
Ms Charles has not been skydiving before and has a fear of heights.
‘So yes I will be scared. I definitely think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone as we get complacent and comfortable in our lives and it isn’t really until we are faced with challenges that we get out there,’ she said.
‘I plan to do more fundraisers like this in the year ” it’s my new year’s resolution, including relay for life and hopefully the big ride for cancer at the end of the year.’
Ms Charles has raised $650, but needs to raise $1000 and is happy to accept corporate donations in exchange for wearing logos.
Her students are too young to understand the challenge she is taking on, but Ms Charles has organised for them to receive education on type 1 diabetes.
‘The staff are really encouraging and are behind me for this challenge,’ she said.
‘I plan to do a Jelly Baby Dress- up day next term to raise awareness and more funds.’
To donate go to fundraise.teamcurediabetes.org.au/lockies_carb_counters