The Adventurers CEO Angela Skates facing biggest fear, abseiling down QVI for child cancer


The Adventurers director Matthew Fitzgerald and CEO Angela Skates. Picture: Will Russell  d467503
The Adventurers CEO Angela Skates facing biggest fear, abseiling down QVI for child cancer
The Adventurers director Matthew Fitzgerald and CEO Angela Skates. Picture: Will Russell d467503

THE Adventurers chief executive Angela Skates will face her biggest fear this month to raise money for childhood brain cancer research.

Ms Skates will abseil 160m or 40 storeys down QVI on April 27 as part of the Urban Decent.

“I’m terrified of heights,” she said.

As the new chief executive of The Adventurers, founded by Rick and Emily Parish after their son Elliot was diagnosed with brain cancer, Ms Skates will lead the organisation into a new era.

The Adventurers now has its own WA charity licence and is registered with Asic as The Pirate Ship Foundation.

There are plans to apply for charity licences in other states so the organisation can co-ordinate adventures nationally.

“Because of the transition this year, we’ll operate as per usual and in 2018 we’ll start to look at orchestrating adventures in other states,” Ms Skates said.

“This year we’ll just make sure all our ducks are in a row.”

2017 adventures will take place in Thailand, Japan, the East Kimberley, Iceland and Russia.

“Most of our adventures are full, so we’ve had a good response,” Ms Skates said.

The Adventurers has raised more than $9.5 million since its inception.

In 2017, money raised will support research programs at the Brain Tumour Research Laboratory based at the Telethon Kids Institute.