More than 60 brave participants will rappel 200 feet (19 storeys) of the Shaw Tower, the third tallest building in Vancouver, as part of the first annual Dare to Leap fundraiser in support of Outward Bound Canada’s new Urban Youth Program.
The Urban Leapers’ 200-foot journey will raise funds for Outward Bound Canada’s Vancouver Urban Programs, and help provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth to experience life changing, resiliency-building programs.
In 2010 Outward Bound Canada piloted its Urban Adventure Program Model, introducing thousands of at-risk urban youth to exciting and adventurous challenges right in their local urban neighbourhoods. The Urban Adventure Program was launched in Vancouver through partnership with local school boards and has introduced over 500 disadvantaged youth to the incredible wilderness over the past year.
Dare to Leap is the brainchild of Pinnacle Pursuits, a Vancouver-based company specializing in unique team-building events and engagement, including meaningful charity-challenge fundraising initiatives. “Dare to Leap is a non-traditional experience that brings Vancouverites and corporate groups together in aid of building awareness for an important cause that will benefit local youth,” says Jonathan Willcocks, Founder of Pinnacle Pursuits. Willcocks, a past participant of Outward Bound, has personally experienced the benefits of this type of programming, “Outward Bound made a huge difference in my life to help me get back on track, when I was young. And now, through this event, I get to help give back and raise money for new Outward Bound programs supporting at-risk teens in the Vancouver area.”
Interested in this urban adventure? You can still register (or pledge funds to a participant).