THIS weekend Banjup local Lauren Davies — who is scared of heights — will abseil down the 40-storey QV1 building to raise money for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Davies suffers from the debilitating physical conditions Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, but she says that won’t hold her back.
“Apart from fundraising for PCH, I wanted to challenge myself to face my fears,” she told the Herald.
“I last abseiled down a gorge in Kalbarri 24 years ago, which was 10 storeys, this is a little bit bigger and a little bit scarier!”
Davies was inspired to take part in the CBD abseil by her nephew who has a congenital heart condition, and her niece who works in the orthopedics ward at Princess Margaret Hospital.
“I wanted to acknowledge the work that the hospital staff do,” she says.
“And I also wanted to do it for my nephew, who’s a fighter.”
Davies has managed to raise $2700, making her one of the highest fundraisers for the event.
It has already racked up $135,000 in donations.
“Being in Banjup, I’ve been trying to keep it all in the Atwell and Aubin Grove area,” she says.
“The response from local community businesses, family and friends as well as the people at my son’s school [Aubin Grove Primary] has been amazing. We’ll deal with the pain that comes from the actual abseil in the days to follow.
“But for now, I’m excited!”
by JASON TITHERADGE