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Media releases 12 Feb 2016

A different kind of love: Australians skydive on Valentine’s Day in support of Breast Cancer

This Valentine’s Day 40 Australians from across the country will experience an exhilarating 60 second freefall through the air as they jump 14,000 feet from a plane, all in support of breast cancer.

The skydiving challenge, in collaboration with Skydive the Beach and Beyond, will raise money to support the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), the national organisation that supports Australians diagnosed with breast cancer.

Participants will jump from planes in four locations – Barwon Heads, Brisbane, Rockingham and Wollongong – and land on a nearby beach where friends and family will be waiting.

Each skydiver set an individual fundraising goal that they have achieved with the support of family, friends and their local community.

The event will raise money for BCNA, which will ensure Australians diagnosed with breast cancer have free access to the very best support, information, treatment and care available.

CEO of BCNA, Christine Nolan, said she commends all the brave skydivers and is touched by their unique and powerful stories.

“While this isn’t a traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s still a gesture of love as many of the people jumping are doing it as a tribute to someone they love who has been affected by breast cancer, or because they themselves are a survivor,” Christine said.
“Everyone who is jumping has a unique story to share, and from what I can see the central theme is love.
“More than 16,000 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, and the money these brave skydivers raise will help us to continue providing those affected with free information and support at a terrifying time in their lives,” she said.

Media is welcome to attend the event on Sunday 14 February to get their own footage or photographs – for details on location and timing please contact Penelope Davies, 0409 385 358, pdavies@bcna.org.au.

Alternatively, we can arrange an interview with a local skydiver in your state, please contact Penelope.