Fall for Born Free

Born Free sky dive in 2009.
Born Free sky dive in 2009.

INTERNATIONAL wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation, is calling for people to raise vital funds by strapping in for a skydive and ‘Falling for Freedom’.

Born Free are looking for 28 daredevil wildlife enthusiasts to join in with celebrations for their 28th Birthday in 2012, and get involved with the skydive to help to raise over £15,000.

The charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare, undertook a staff skydive in 2009 to celebrate 25 years since the Born Free Foundation was established, with 25 members of staff from the head office, jumping out of a plane.

The 2009 skydive raised over £10,000 and Born Free aim to better it this year with the public’s support with a jump of over 10,000ft.

The event will take place on September 7 at Redlands Airfield, near Swindon, Wiltshire and Born Free are asking that people raise a minimum of £390, which will then allow them to jump for free.

Joanne Bartholomew, who co-ordinates Born Free’s events and fundraising, was one of the staff members who sky dived in 2009.

She said: “Being part of the skydive team in 2009 to celebrate Born Free’s 25th Anniversary was an amazing experience, though admittedly I was initially terrified!

“However, in comparison to the incredible work our colleagues do in the field to protect threatened animals, often in very dangerous conditions, I knew it was the least I could do.

“Taking on the challenge of a skydive is an opportunity not to be missed - the sense of personal achievement whilst knowing the difference you are making to the vital work of Born Free is second to none.”

For more information about the ‘Fall for Freedom’ skydive and to register, visit: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/action-fundraising-high-impact/.

Contributed by Born Free Foundation.