Telethon Speech and Hearing CEO takes the plunge down QV1 for kids hearing

Telethon Speech and Hearing chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick participating in the QV1 Urban Descent abseil.
Telethon Speech and Hearing chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick participating in the QV1 Urban Descent abseil.

TELETHON Speech and Hearing chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick took the plunge down the 40-storey QV1 skyscraper on Friday to raise money for kids with hearing loss and speech-language delays.

The Wembley resident hopes to raise over $15,000, with the help of the Telethon team and Perth airport, and provide three scholarships to families in need to allow kids to access vital support services.

“When I was approached to take on this daredevil challenge, even though I’m scared of heights, I didn’t hesitate, as I saw it as a great opportunity to raise money for families in need and to create awareness about the great work that Telethon Speech and Hearing does,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The 42-year-old said the QV1 Urban Descent abseil was nerve-racking but he persevered for a worthy cause.

“It was a bit nerve-racking getting over the edge and my legs were like jelly, but the kids and their families who Telethon helps out every day face their fears and much larger hearing and speech challenges every day,” he said.

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