Thunder Bay Do or Dive Returns to Help Kids

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The lighthouse on the break wall in Thunder Bay is viewed from Hillcrest Park, Marina Park and from the Lake itself

Thunder Bay International AirportTHUNDER BAY – Continuing on the success of its inaugural event last year, P.R.O. Kids and the Thunder Bay Diving Club are pleased to announce the return of Do or Dive, a fundraising event that will see people going off the deep end, literally! 

On Friday, Nov. 8, brave participants will be jumping from the towers at the Canada Games Complex, in return for their colleagues, staff and friends having raised the funds to make them take the plunge. 

The event, presented by the Thunder Bay International Airports Authority (TBIAA), will see funds shared between P.R.O. Kids and the Thunder Bay Diving Club. Last year’s event raised $25,000 and the committee is hoping for the same results this year. Donna Smith, Board member with the Thunder Bay Diving Club, says “We hosted Do or Dive in celebration of the club’s 30th anniversary last year, and the event was so successful that we’re excited to be partnering with P.R.O. Kids to host it once again. We’re hoping for some new faces to come take the jump.” 

Businesses can each “nominate” a brave volunteer who will agree to jump from one of the platforms. The height of the jump depends on how much money is raised: 

  • If $300 is raised, the volunteer jumps from the three metre board; 
  • $500 equals a jump from the five metre board; 
  • $750 means the volunteer must jump from the seven metre board, and 
  • If $1,000 is raised, the volunteer must jump from the 10 metre board. 

If an individual finds themselves a little too high for their liking, they can buy their way down to a lower board by paying $250 per level. 

“The funds raised from this event will help us place Thunder Bay children into recreation programs,” said Laura Daniele, P.R.O. Kids Coordinator. “Unfortunately, not all families can afford the fees for children’s activities. This event will help us raise the funds to get more kids active in our community.” 

The TBIAA, the event’s presenting sponsor, invite other business to support this very unique event. 

“It’s really an event unlike any other.” said Scott McFadden, TBIAA President & CEO. “It’s inspiring to see children benefit from the joint efforts of these two local organizations. I can’t wait to see what brave participants step forward to take the plunge.”

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