SPCA New Zealand

Break free from Lockdown and Jump to the Rescue for animals!

12 May 2020
Break free from Lockdown and Jump to the Rescue for animals!

SPCA is on the hunt for adventurous Kiwis looking to celebrate their new found freedom from lockdown - by jumping out of a plane for vulnerable animals.

Jump to the Rescue is one of SPCA’s annual fundraising events which sees animal-loving thrill-seekers take the plunge with a 13,000 ft. tandem skydive. Up to a few weeks ago it was touch and go as to whether the event would go ahead due to the uncertainty around what would be possible at the different Alert Levels in COVID-19 lockdown.

SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen says with the organisation facing a significant funding shortfall, the fact that Jump to the Rescue can go ahead, albeit a few months later than originally scheduled, is exciting.

“We are all delighted that Jump to the Rescue has been able to be rescheduled and we encourage any of you feeling like you truly need to ‘break out’ and shake off the shackles of lockdown, please join us.”

“Our fundraising efforts have been disrupted due to COVID-19, but here’s an opportunity for adventurous New Zealanders to do something truly memorable, while helping our abused, unwanted and unloved animals at the same time.”

Participants have 12 weeks to raise as much money as they can for the 40,000 animals SPCA helps each year.Every fundraiser who raises more than $775 can jump in the event which is scheduled for a weekend in August.

“Having jumped myself in 2019, I can honestly say that the adrenalin rush is something I have never experienced before,” she says. “If I can do it, anyone can do it!” she says.

This year, SPCA fundraisers can jump from one of five sites across New Zealand; Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Taupo, and Ashburton.For thosewho raise more than $1000, they will not only receive a t-shirt, but will be able to name an SPCA kitten who is up for adoption.

In the case of bad weather on the chosen weekend, fundraisers will be able to jump throughout the month of August as conditions dictate. In 2019, more than $100,000 was raised for SPCA and this year, it’s hoped the amount raised will exceed that.

Early bird registrations are now open. Sign up at www.spca.nz/jump

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