Want to Rappel Off a High-Rise Building? Fundraise $1,800 in Support of Kids with Serious Illness

Over the Edge with Chai

Toronto, ON – Chai Lifeline Canada – a leading Canadian charity that supports families with seriously-ill kids – is hosting its popular Over The Edge for Chai fundraiser for the third year, and thrill seekers who raise enough money will have an opportunity to scale down a 29-storey downtown Toronto building.

On Sunday, October 15, 2023, people looking for an adrenaline rush who raise at least $1,800 can scale down the Hotel X Toronto, located on the grounds of Exhibition Place at 111 Princes’ Blvd. Spectacular views of the city and Toronto harbour are guaranteed for those brave enough to take the plunge from the hotel’s rooftop. No experience is needed, and a 20-minute pre-rappelling training session will be provided on-site.

The money raised will help fund the dozens of free programs offered by Chai Lifeline Canada to families across the country.

With 535 volunteers helping 400 children and 2,000 family members, Chai Lifeline Canada provides initiatives and emotional support to seriously-ill kids, their siblings and parents to keep them from feeling alone and devastated, and find hope and joy in their lives. Programs include counseling, volunteer support to bring an extra measure of adult attention and stability to children’s lives, tutoring for kids missing extended periods of school, family retreats, sibling programs, peer and professional support, and summer camps for seriously-ill kids that help families retain a sense of normalcy and hope while fighting even the most dire pediatric diseases.

With last year’s Over The Edge for Chai event having raised $216,000, this year’s goal is to reach $300,000.

Mordechai Rothman, Executive Director of Chai Lifeline Canada, said the fundraiser falls in line with the organization’s mission to help families overcome challenges.

“The inspiration behind this thrilling event is bravery,” Rothman said. “Our clients show bravery each and every day while they experience hospital procedures and appointments that can be very scary for anyone, and especially young children. We rappel in their honour on this special day!”

Rappelling will take place all day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participation is limited to 75 spots, reserved on a first-come-first serve basis. There’s no age restriction, although participants must weigh between 100-300 pounds.

More information can be found at www.chailifelinecanada.org. To donate to the cause, visit https://support.chailifelinecanada.org/over-the-edge-for-chai-2023.

SOURCE Gail Bergman PR

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