What would you do to help a child in need? Just about anything? How about rappel down the 200ft tall “BRISTOL” tower at Bristol Motor Speedway to help improve the lives of children in our region?
Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) and YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are inviting the public to step up and make an impact in the community by scaling down the iconic tower to support over 90 non-profit agencies who address the needs of children and families in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.
Funds generated by this event will benefit organizations who feed and clothe local children in need, provide supplies and medical equipment for kids with disabilities, give children in low-income families access to high-quality early education, and more.
No rappelling or climbing experience is necessary to participate as an “Edger.” SCC and YWCA have partnered with the professionals at Over the Edge Global, who have hosted more than 700 successful rappelling events in the past nine years and provide the technical expertise, training and equipment to perform this event.
To participate, Edgers register at otecwe.com, where they receive fundraising tools including their personal web page they can share with friends, family, colleagues and social networks to receive donations on behalf of the non-profits. Participants must raise a minimum of $1,500 for this important cause in order to go Over the Edge in June. There is a $75 registration fee which counts toward the fundraising minimum.
Registration is open to anyone weighing between 100 and 300 lbs., including minors with a parental release. In fact, the first “Edger” to reach her goal and secure her spot to rappel this year was Nell, a bright 12-year-old girl who raised her funds in under 2 weeks.
Another option for participation is to form a team with friends or co-workers. As a team, you can rappel with a friendly face by your side, cheer each other on, and raise funds together to positively impact children in our region. You can even challenge and compete against other teams! Right now there’s a competition going on between two area CrossFit groups and one brewing between two Bristol high schools, as well. Principal of Virginia High School, Ronnie Collins, has accepted a challenge to go Over the Edge from Kim Kirk, principal of Tennessee High School. The long-standing friendly rivals will go head-to-head to see who can raise the most for this worthy cause.
Over the Edge Tri-Cities has put together a competition for individual participants, as well. Retired NHRA Pro Stock Driver Allen Johnson has stepped up to go Over the Edge. Two people can can scale the tower at a time, and Mr. Johnson will be going over with the individual who raises the most funds.
I’m going Over the Edge because I know the desperate need in our region to help children live better lives with more opportunities. I am passionate about our region but also the generations who will one day lead our region.
– Allen Johnson
For companies who want to get involved, ‘Toss the Boss,’ is an option that builds comradery, encourages collaboration, and boosts morale as co-workers band together to raise funds to send their boss (or another colleague) Over the Edge for charity.
If you have questions or would like information on becoming a sponsor or how your company can team up to “Toss the Boss”, or call 423-968-9444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Register to go Over the Edge at: otecwe.com