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Red Cross inspires Orewa artist

Posted at 11:30am Tuesday 14 Jul, 2020

A young Orewa artist is taking a giant leap of faith to raise money for NZ Red Cross this month.

Robyn Kay Du Preez, 20, who is afraid heights and doesn't like to fly, is going to jump out of an aeroplane at 13,000-feet as part of the national Everyday Hero Jump event.

She has to raise $250 in sponsorship to be able to participate, but has set herself a target of at least $1000.

“While we all stayed safely at home during the Covid-19 lockdown, Red Cross continued to deliver essential services, in NZ and around the world,” Robyn says.

“This included Meals on Wheels and migration services, and the Family Links service supported those who had been separated from their loved ones. The disaster response volunteers have been on the forefront of the Covid-19 response, from delivering food and medication parcels to supporting evacuees from Wuhan in Whangaparaoa.

“They have been working non-stop and I just wanted to do something to give back.”

Robyn will do a tandem jump with members of Skydive Auckland.

“I've never done anything like this before. I keep telling myself that it is for a good cause. I guess, on the day, I will just close my eyes and hope for the best.”

Sponsorship closes on the day of the jump, July 25.

To support Robyn, go to: jumpinjuly.everydayhero.com/nz/red-cross-fundraiser.

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