One of the primary annual fundraisers for the Iowa chapter of Special Olympics is next month and it involves overcoming one’s fear of heights. The event is called Over The Edge, according to Hal Pittman, president and C-E-O of Special Olympics Iowa. Participants can sign up now to rappel down the side of the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines, about 345 feet from the top, to raise money for the charity.
The unusual event will be held all day on Wednesday, September 18th, at one of the tallest buildings in the state. You can sign up through the website and then raise money for Special Olympics Iowa. The first 100 people to raise $1,000 get to take the leap. If you’re not interested in doing the deed yourself but would still like to help out the charity, Pittman says there are certainly options. Employees can get a team together at work to raise money to “toss the boss,” or you can “fling a friend” by signing up a buddy and raising the funds to get them to go over the edge.
Money raised will benefit the 11-thousand Iowans with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics. The event raised more than 35-thousand dollars last year. Learn more about Over the Edge at: www.soiowa.org.