Portadown local, Mel Wiggins MBE, along with friends from her Assembly Members Community, (Laura Turley, Kerri Todd, Sarah Lennon and Zoe McCandless), will reach new heights this September for Christian Aid Ireland.
The charity is looking for thirty courageous people to take to the skies this September 8th or 29th and skydive 12,000ft in aid of Christian Aid projects in Latin American and Africa.
Ms Wiggins, who was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services towards fighting human trafficking in Northern Ireland, said: “Christian Aid’s skydive challenge is going to be a massive leap of faith for all of us. None of us have done anything like this before, but it’s made easier knowing that we are doing it with other women and men who are also passionate about this campaign and cause.
“We are really inspired by Christian Aid’s work to empower women in the developing world and want to be part of showing our support for them. This is our way of standing - or jumping - in solidarity.”
The skydive hopes to raise money towards supporting Christian Aid’s ‘Breaking the Barriers’ project in Africa and Latin America. Every £1 raised will be worth £5 thanks to EU match funding. The project aims to increase rural women’s jobs and income in the sustainable energy sector, improve working and living conditions, promote gender equality, and strengthen women’s social status.
Christian Aid Ireland’s, Church and Community Officer, Tim Reynolds, added: “A skydive is on many people’s bucket list. What’s great about this skydive is that you can fulfil one of your bucket list items while raising money for a great cause. Plus, every £1 you raise will be worth £5, thanks to EU match funding. That’s five times the number of lives you can help transform.”
Mel and her friends are all part of the Assembly Members Community, which Mel began in 2016. Assembly is a community for creative women in Northern Ireland and a space to connect with others and enjoy the simple pleasures.
The skydive will take place at Wild Geese Skydive, Garvagh, along the north coast. Each participant will complete the skydive with a BPA-certified instructor. Those interested can choose one of two days to complete their skydive, 8th or 29th September 2018.