Central Park Plunge: 82-year-old thrill chaser to abseil Perth’s tallest building

Charlie Youngs.
Charlie Youngs.

AGED 82, Charlie Youngs is still chasing thrills and living life to the fullest.

For his 70th birthday, he went skydiving.

He travelled solo through the Canning Stock Route for his 79th birthday and went barramundi fishing off the coast of Darwin for his 80th.

His next challenge will be the Central Park Plunge, an annual fundraising event for Nedlands-based Ronald McDonald House, where those brave enough abseil the tallest building in Perth.

Granddaughter Lanna Hill said the Success resident would approach the 52-storey, 220-metre plunge like any other.

“Grandad has never let age stand in the way of getting out there and doing the things he loves with the people he loves,” she said.

Ms Hill said she had no hesitation about joining her grandad for the plunge, having already developed a connection with the charity from her time in Sydney.

“Getting to know the amazing work that Ronald McDonald House Charities do for families all over Australia was fantastic and so humbling, and now to get to support them in such a spectacular way, standing beside my grandad, is something I am very proud of,” she said.

The event will be run between September 8 and 10.

To donate, visit https://cpp-rmhperth17.everydayhero.com/au/Charlie.

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