Bosses drop for a great cause


On a beautiful April  day 27 brave people joined a select group of only 19 others and abseiled down the iconic Deloitte Building in Hamilton East.

While undetaking something that put many of the droppers way out of their comfort zone, the aim of the day was to raise money for the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato, an organisation that runs programmes in schools to support our youth to be the best they can be.

Each dropper had a fundraising target of $500 with the aim to raise more than $30,000 for Waikato youth.

The droppers got to choose their theme song to get them pumped – many were tongue in cheek choices; Simon Cavanagh of the ANZ chose Van Halen’s Jump, Sue Pollock from Tamahere Eventide thought Help by the Beatles would help, Matthew Cooper from Sport Waikato was The Gambler and for his dance down the building, William Durning had the sweet bagpipes of Long Way to the Top by ACDC.

Vikki Blundell, regional manager of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato and previous dropper, was impressed with the excellent turnout from local Waikato business people and all their supporters.  “While Drop Your Boss is our main fundraising initiative, it is also an excellent way to tell more people about how we help; how Kiwi Can teaches our year 1 to 6 children important values, how Stars provides leadership and mentor training for year 11 to 13 who support the year 9 secondary school students; and Career Navigator which supports our year 11 to 13 to make those sometimes difficult career choices.

You can see a list of all the droppers on our website

Drop Your Boss receives support from Deloitte, Visualist, Embroidme Hamilton, Free FM and First Step Outdoors – who made sure our droppers were safe, comfortable and confident on their epic adventure.

1. Owner/head coach CrossFit Te Rapa Fiona Norton.
2. Senior private banker at ANZ Simon Cavanagh.
3. Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew Cooper.
4. Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato chair, Stephanie Larivee.
5. Kiwi Innovation Network chief executive James Hutchinson.
6. Waikato Chamber of Commerce chief executive William Durning.


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