Skydivers raise money for local charities

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 8            February 22, 2006

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The Boogie in Belize II Skydiver Rally is over, but before these visitors left, they managed to contribute to many local causes. Perhaps the most exciting on the list was the donation of a tandem skydive to the Director of the local Humane Society (SAGA) Simon Backley. Always seeking ways to raise money for veterinary services in San Pedro, Simon devised a raffle to see how close he could land to a bullseye laid out in the landing field by the staff from Coco Locos. Sunday afternoon, Simon took the leap, and while he landed just five feet short of the bulls eye, over $1000 was raised for SAGA. Chris Eager from Casa Picasso was the lucky winner of the raffle, and true-to-form, donated his winnings back to SAGA.

   Regarding the jump, Simon says, "I still can't get the grin off my face. I could easily get addicted to jumping, what an incredible experience."

   Special thanks to Rich Grimm and Tsunami Skydivers for donating the jump. The group also donated schools supplies, and according to Grimm, his group probably spent over $300,000 in the community during their stay.



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