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Bosses leap at chance to help charity
Bay of Plenty Times, Tauranga Bay of Plenty  by Scott K Macleod
11 Apr 2017
General News - page 6 - 276 words - ID 755741719 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 468.00cm2

The Graeme Dingle Foundation Aims to "inspire schoolage children to reach their full potential through programmes that help build self-esteem, promote good values and which teach valuable life, education and health skills".

Source: Graeme Dingle Foundation

When the aircraft rose above the clouds, Pat Taylor jumped.

He was 3km above the earth, and he was one of several community leaders tandemjumping by parachute to raise money and awareness for the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

After falling through the clouds, which was "just awesome", the parachute opened, and Mr Taylor experienced the "amazing feeling" and "relief, to be honest" of landing on terra firma.

"It was absolutely brilliant," he said. "I thought I'd be nervous as hell - but I wasn't." Eleven people were scheduled to jump yesterday for the charity event, called Drop Your Boss.

The annual event usually involves 20 bosses from around the country abseiling down highrise buildings.

This year, abseiling was unavailable, and skydiving was substituted.

Mr Taylor, QSM, is a justice of the peace who has worked with Rotary, Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, the Motel Association of NZ and Hospitality NZ.

Other local participants included the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's Helen Mason, Classic Builders' Matt Lagerberg and Bay of Plenty Times head of news Sonya Bateson.

Last year $18,500 was raised for the foundation. Mr Taylor understood more than $23,000 had so far been raised this year.

"People are so generous." Across the Western Bay of Plenty, the foundation reaches 3000 children through Kiwi Can, Project K and their Stars programme.

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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Eleven people were scheduled to jump yesterday for the charity event, called Drop Your Boss. PHOTO/JOHN BORREN

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