Dozens of brave souls will rappel down 17 stories of the RBC Building in downtown Winnipeg on Thursday, all in the name of charity.
The annual Drop Zone event in support of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals Manitoba raised over $107,500 last year for children, youth and adults with disabilities in Manitoba.
Over 100 participants are signed up to take the plunge at the corner of Portage Avenue and Fort Street beginning at 8 a.m.
All rappellers must generate a minimum of $1,500 in pledges to participate in the adventure, which will see them drop 200 feet down to the earth below — safely, of course.
This year a bride and groom — Miranda Dorno and Claude Labossiere — will rappel down together at 12:40 p.m. The couple will recite their vows at the top of the building at 11:25 a.m.
A number of media personalities will also take the plunge, including:
- Alex Freedman (CBC) at 11 a.m.
- Kim Babij (Shaw TV) at 11:10 a.m.
- Evan Campbell (Citytv) at 11:20 a.m.
- Beau (99.9 BOB FM) at 11:30 a.m.
- Nicole Dubé (Global TV) at 12 p.m.
- Gord Leclerc (CTV Winnipeg) at 12:20 p.m.
- Jay Richardson (CURVE 94.3) at 12:30 p.m.
- Brodie Milne (Winnipeg Free Press) at 1 p.m.
- Rena Jae (Power 97) at 1:10 p.m.
- Clay Young (CJOB) at 1:20 p.m.
CURVE 94’3 Jay Richardson will be wearing a POV camera and wireless mic for ChrisD.ca as he ventures down the side of the RBC Building to the ground below.
The Drop Zone goes until 4:30 p.m. The public can get a great view of the action from the Canwest Place Courtyard at 221 Portage Avenue.
Watch video of last year’s drop.