“Yes, we’re still on!” says Lisa Beck, President and CEO of Easter Seals BC/Yukon.
“Drop Zone is a no-contact event you can still participate in it during the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we put the health and safety of our participants first and because our participants rappel individually, we’re able to still put this event on safely following the guidelines of the province.”
Easter Seals Drop Zone challenges you to be a superhero, step outside your comfort zone and rappel down the outside of an office tower. Held across Canada each year, the event has raised more than $16 million for Easter Seals programs and services in support of Canadians living with diverse abilities.
“Many organizations use Easter Seals Drop Zone to engage their employees and focus all of their fundraising efforts towards one worthy cause – Easter Seals,” says Beck. “We hold the event right downtown during the business day, so companies like to make it part of an employee event, where everyone can watch and cheer each other on, whether it’s on the ground or from an office window. We’ve seen employees nominate a member of their leadership for a ‘Toss Your Boss’ day, and other departments band together to form a team to bring their employees together. It’s a lot of fun to see people come dressed as a superhero, and once again we’ll have a team from our presenting sponsor Odlum Brown.”
The Guinness Tower on West Hastings Street in Vancouver will once again be the host to the Vancouver Drop Zone event.
“The opportunity to rappel 25 stories down a building in Vancouver with stunning views of the water doesn’t come around often,” says Kathryn Hellman, Project Manager with Ledcor. Hellman took her first rappel last year and plans to do it again this September.
“Easter Seals Drop Zone is a super fun thing to do, benefits those in need, and got me out of my comfort zone,” says Hellman. “That discomfort reminded me there are persons with disabilities overcoming obstacles with grace every day and that’s who I come out to support.”
Funds raised help send children and adults with disabilities to Easter Seals summer camps. For over 50 years, Easter Seals has given more than 35,000 campers a week away from home to try new activities such as wheelchair basketball, water polo, and the big swing, and given them a place to meet new friends just like themselves, in a safe, fun environment. Easter Seals camps are the only camps where those with disabilities can have the full camp experience.