Forty storeys of hope

Posted 7 Feb 2019.

Imagine stepping off the roof of a 40-storey office building with nothing to hold onto except a rope! That's exactly what 20 brave Cancer Council WA supporters did in April 2018, raising over $43,000 for West Australians affected by cancer through their efforts.

Making up a large portion of this courageous group were the team from Global Construction Services Limited (GCS) who together, raised an incredible $30,525!

"We were looking for a team building exercise for our management and leadership team that would force us to come together for support and build camaraderie. I saw the abseil come up on Facebook and jumped on it having seen it before. I've always thought it was a once in a life time opportunity," explained GCS's General Manager of HR and HSEQ, Leza Howie.

"I contacted our Managing Director for the okay and got a team together in 24 hours including 3 people from our Victorian office who flew over specially to participate. It's an experience that has created a unique bond amongst our senior team."

When asked why GCS were so keen to get involved and fundraised, Leza said they were wanted to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

"Cancer does not discriminate, and it can affect anyone from children, to the elderly and in between. There isn't anyone in our team who hasn't been impacted in some way from loss due to cancer, whether it be a friend, relative or colleague. It was a privilege to help the Cancer Council WA."

The GCS team set an initial goal of $7,500 one which they completely smashed!

"We were incredibly surprised to achieve that first goal quickly and after some discussion agreed to set ourselves a new stretch target. We have some of the most generous people at GCS, from our employees to our contractors and suppliers, many people pitched in to help and donate - all we had to do was ask," explained Leza.

As a workplace, the team found the challenge to be a great team building exercise and encouraged a little competitiveness between the participants.
"All along it's been a supportive team environment to encourage each other and to reach individual and group goals for a great cause," said Leza.

"We had enormous fun and we would highly recommend it. I'm sure we will do it again with another team of people next year."

Want to take on the challenge yourself?

Registrations are NOW OPEN for the 2019 Urban Descent QV1 Abseil Challenge on 11 - 13 April. 

Will you face your fears to ensure no one has to face cancer alone? Take the plunge - you can do it!

Register online now

Or get in touch with our Fundraising team to find out more - or 1300 65 65 85.

Photo courtesy of Winkipop Media

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