NINE staff from accounting firm Lawrence Business Management have conquered one of the tallest buildings in Perth on their way to raising more than $22,000 for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
Led by managing director Brent Fairhead, the team were among 363 people who abseiled 160m down QV1 earlier this month, along the way beating massive multinational firm KPMG for the title of highest team fundraiser.
Mr Fairhead said he was motivated to join the Abseil for PMH after witnessing the fantastic work of staff at the children’s hospital.
“A few of us at Lawrence Business Management have seen first hand what a great job PMH do, not only for the sick kids but the support they provide the parents who are going through quite a stressful and traumatic time,” he said.
“That really hit home for me earlier this year when my cousin gave birth to her first son, Brodie, who after a month-long battle at PMH with a tumour near his heart, sadly lost his battle.
“The support PMH gave to Brodie and my family during this difficult period was amazing.
“In addition, my close friends lost their first son to a rare brain tumour when he was only eight months old.
“It was a devastating time for them and their families and friends, and they are still not over it. However, they also speak so highly of PMH it inspired me to do more to show my appreciation.”
To the delight of his five children, Mr Fairhead donned a Spiderman costume for his abseil and was the second highest individual fundraiser with close to $11,000.
“While I knew that we would have no worries in raising funds I thought it may encourage a few more donations by offering to wear the Spiderman outfit,” he said.
“There are some symbolic reasons as well, with Spiderman not only scaling down buildings, but also saving people, as PMH do so well.
“The actual abseil was amazing, the view was awesome and I would encourage anyone to do it next year.
“We had nine brave guys and girls in total from Lawrence, one so petrified that it took her over 30 minutes to reach the bottom but she conquered her fears.
“After all, bravery is not about not being afraid, it’s about being afraid and doing it anyway.”