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Air Force jumps in for Jump Start

Young people from Project K and CanTeen leap from a C-130 Hercules as part of Jump Start. The event involved members of the Air Force's PTSU, No. 40 SQN and Base Auckland.

Young people from Project K and CanTeen leap from a C-130 Hercules as part of Jump Start (AK10-0016-005).

9 March 2010

For the fourth year running, personnel from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Parachute Training and Support Unit and the wider Base Auckland stepped up to support Jump Start.

The charity, involving young people from CanTeen and Project K, gives participants the chance to undertake a tandem parachute jump from a C-130 Hercules.

Base Medical, Expeditionary Support Squadron and Operational Support Wing also pitched in to support PTSU and No.40 Squadron to ensure the day went off without a hitch.

“Jump Start has been an annual event supported by the RNZAF, and in particular PTSU, for the last four years.  It is a wonderful event that grows every year through support from Base personnel and the charities themselves,” said OC PTSU, Squadron Leader Darryn Pritchard.

“We enjoy the day, especially watching the kids overcome such hurdles as trusting someone they hardly know and letting that person carry them out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet – it’s quite unnatural!  It gives us a great sense of pride to make the day work and assist two worthy causes.”

Brad Clark, General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising at CanTeen adds, “From CanTeen we want to thank the RNZAF crew on the ground and in the air, the tandem flyers and camera flyers for the extraordinary effort to put on this wonderful programme that makes such a difference to young people living with cancer.”

CanTeen has been a beneficiary and partner of Jump Start since its inception. 

Although the weather proved ominous early on the Saturday morning, it cleared to become a perfect parachuting day.  With over 250 participants parachuting on five sorties, the sports jumpers pulled out all the stops raising funds toward both CanTeen and Project K.

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For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338

 

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