Dozens of fundraisers rappel down Atlantic Canada’s tallest office building – Halifax

Saturday saw the 17th annual Drop Zone fundraiser for Nova Scotians with disabilities, featuring volunteers abseiling from Atlantic Canada’s tallest office building.

The event was organized by Easter Seals Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for people with disabilities. She is committed to a barrier-free Nova Scotia.

To raise money for the cause, community leaders and fundraisers volunteered to rappel down the 1801 Hollis St. building in Halifax.

The building has 23 stories and is approximately 240 feet tall. Around 40 people accepted the challenge.

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One of the contestants was local drag queen Diana B. Tease or Josh Stoodley out-of-drag, rappelling in the prison for the first time this year.

“I was inspired to do this because I wanted to take drag to new places, unconventional places,” Tease said.

They had a goal of raising $1,500 for the cause and hit the mark weeks ago.

“Drag has really helped me fundraise. It was shared by many drag performers and it helped me achieve my goal. It shows the power of drag.”

Drag queen Diana B. Tease rappels for the first time at the 1801 Hollis St. building.

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Easter Seals CEO Joanne Bernard said Saturday that people choose to attend the Drop Zone for a variety of reasons.

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“Often it’s because they know someone or are related to someone who lives with a disability,” she said.

“Any funds raised here today stay in Nova Scotia and that’s really important to the people.”

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Brain injury survivor Debby Chipman attended this event in her 11th year and raised over $56,000 for Easter Seals.

Bernard took up the challenge herself when she was Minister for Municipal Services between 2013 and 2017.

“It was a bucket list thing, which a lot of people will tell you,” she said.

At the event on Saturday, about 40 people abseiled down the building, raising thousands of dollars.

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