Skydive for 5: Hale teachers to leap from plane on to school oval for charity


Hale School teachers Andrew Manley and Su-Lyn Chong will skydive on to the school oval on May 5 to raise money for charity. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d481772
Hale School teachers Andrew Manley and Su-Lyn Chong will skydive on to the school oval on May 5 to raise money for charity. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d481772

TEACHERS Andrew Manley and Su-Lyn Chong are all smiles despite preparing to jump out of a plane above Hale School next week.

The pair are among four teachers who will skydive on to the Wembley Downs school’s Craig Oval on May 5.

The ‘Skydive for 5’ event will raise money for charities Nulsen Disability Services, Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy WA, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Salvation Army.

Two jumps have been auctioned off to the highest bidders, giving them the unique chance to skydive at a school, in the metropolitan area and over controlled airspace.

Mr Manley said he could not wait for the day despite being a little nervous as he had never skydived.

“But I think the overwhelming emotion is enthusiasm,” he said.

“Having said that, I am focused on the fact that this event isn’t about me or the other jumpers, it’s about raising money and awareness of some amazing organizations and the incredible work that they do within the community.”

Year 12 students Aaron Bloch and Matthew Randall have been busy organising the event.

“A world-first school event will feature everyday heroes launching themselves from 4267m on to the campus of our school,” Aaron said.

“Their daring nature and actions will raise much-needed and deserved funds for some outstanding charities.”

Ms Chong is hoping people give generously as she prepares to face her fear.

“Being afraid of heights, this is definitely not something on my bucket list,” she said.

“However, so many of our boys invest so much time and energy working with the organizations we are raising funds for, the least I can do is jump out of a plane.”

The event is from 10am on May 5 at Hale School on Hale Road in Wembley Downs, with food and drink for sale.

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