Almost 200 participants are in training for this Sunday’s Rotary Climb For A Smile, where they will conquer the 50 levels of stairs of one of the tallest buildings in the Perth skyline, 108 St Georges Terrace, to raise money for important Rotary projects.
Entrants participate as an individual or as part of a team, choosing a cause close to their heart to support, with the primary event beneficiaries being Teen Challenge, Melanoma Research, Interplast and End Polio.
President of the Rotary Club of Crawley Nick Poll is thankful to participants for their fundraising efforts.
“Climb for a Smile is our club’s big event for the year, and raises approximately $60,000 which is meaningful sum to the causes it supports,” said Mr Poll.
“This is our first year managing this event as we have recently taken it over from another club, and we’re looking forward to it - an event like this brings everyone together to create a great community atmosphere.”
61 year old Mr Warren, who will be participating in his second Climb For A Smile has chosen Mukti Mission as his charity.
“I work part-time for Mukti Mission and can see the difference that every dollar makes. The charity has been working in India for 126 years rescuing abandoned women and children and giving them a future and hope,” said Mr Warren.
Mr Warren has just returned from India where he got to see the work of Mukti Mission first hand and that has motivated him again this year to meet the challenge of scaling the 1,042 steps.
“When you reach the top and look down and see the view and say 'it's worth it - I've made it’ – it’s an all-round feeling of a sense of achievement,” said Mr Warren.
Climb For A Smile is open to anyone aged 12 and up. It costs $30 to register if aged between 12 to 17 years of age and $40 to register for adults. Participants can register online at www.climbforasmile.org.au. Registrations close on Friday.
Participants are sent up in waves and will be allocated a time to start climbing the. The registrations desk at 108 St Georges Terrace opens at 8am Sunday 13th September, and it is anticipated that all climbers will have completed the stairs by 11:30am.
For more event information please see www.climbforasmile.org.au.