Picture this: A beautiful Saturday afternoon. Sun is shining, birds chirping, and you decide to go on a cruise around town. After driving for a while, you turn down University Drive to take the long way home because it’s just such a nice day. But wait, what do you see? People climbing down the side of Thompson Hall? And some of them are children? Are you crazy?! This can’t be safe? Why are they doing this?
You are so baffled by this situation you just HAVE to drive over and ask why on earth they would be doing such a thing. You speed into the parking lot, and ask the nearest person what is going on. It turns out, it’s a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters? What? How can this be? I want to try!
And that is how they get you for next year. Raising awareness and funds through doing something so unexpected, climbing down a building.The scenario outlined above was the thought process I had when I saw the video clip below.
“Over The Edge” is a fun, exciting, and bold way to raise funds and awareness for non-profit organizations. They are a professional rappelling company, who host rappelling events to raise money for non-profit organizations all over the United States. In order to participate in the event, a person must raise a set dollar amount (typically $1000+) to be donated to the hosting non-profit organization. According to their website, http://www.overtheedgeusa.com/About-Us,
|“Our signature event consistently raises six figures in revenue and grabs front-page headlines everywhere we go. With Over the Edge your nonprofit is always front and center! We take care of all technical aspects for the event including the insurance, professional staff and industrial equipment.”|
Crazy right? Due to the company’s great success, you can see why many divisions of Big Brothers Big Sisters around the nation have decided to take a leap of faith (extremely lame pun intended), and utilize their services to create a fundraising experience that is truly over the edge. Check out the video below to see it for yourself!