Hamilton bosses scale 22-metre wall for charity

19:09, Feb 16 2014
Drop Your Boss
THUMBS UP: Gallagher Group deputy chief executive Steve Tucker abseils down from the roof of the Gallagher building to raise money for Drop Your Boss day.

Hamilton bosses were left hanging from the side of the Gallagher building during the first Drop Your Boss youth fundraiser.

Gallagher Group deputy chief executive Steve Tucker was among those who abseiled down the 22-metre wall yesterday, as did Fairfield College principal Richard Crawford and Drop Your Boss organiser Vikki Blundell.

"I was fine up on the roof and when I went over the edge, the heart rate increased a little bit," said Ms Blundell, the Waikato regional manager for the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD).

"The first part of the drop wasn't bad but part way down, my feet didn't want to stay on the wall. That threw a spanner in the works for me but I got down. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it felt really good to get my feet back on the ground."

In total, 22 bosses took on the challenge to raise $10,000 from the event. They exceeded it on the first try as family and staff watched with bated breath.

"There were staff members from Deloitte there, taking delicious delight in watching the partner have to abseil down," she said.


Money raised from the day will go towards the foundation's Stars programme, which helps new year 9 students adjust to high school with an adventure camp and skills training. The foundation was opened 20 years ago by New Zealand adventurer Graeme Dingle.

In 2015, Fairfield College students will benefit so principal Richard Crawford took the plunge as well.

"He also ended up doing it," Ms Blundell said. "He was terrified."

Ms Blundell was "absolutely delighted" with the event and said next year would be bigger and better, with more of a carnival atmosphere.

Waikato Times