This week, Archie Campbell will be rappelling down the side of a building for an eighth time to raise money for kids with diverse abilites.
Campbell first heard about Easter Seals back in 2005, when a friend enticed him to try a new “Drop Zone” fundraiser. Drop Zone is an event that sees people rappel down the side of the Guinness Tower in Vancouver, allowing them to play superhero while raising money to help provide programs and services for children, youth and adults with diverse abilities.
“Most people don’t often get the chance to go down a building on the outside, rather than going down on the inside,” he said. “It’s just a really exhilarating experience if you have any kind of adrenaline junkie-ness to you and you don’t have a fear of heights.”
Although the adrenaline rush is a thrill, Campbell said the real joy is from helping kids and parents who struggle on a daily basis.
“If you have an opportunity to give back, [you should] do that,” he said. “This is my opportunity to give back. I’ve had a very fortunate and lucky life, so if I can do something to help others less fortunate than me, I was brought up to try and do that.”
The donations Campbell collects goes to support Easter Seals House, a place where families from across BC and Yukon can stay while their loved ones are seeking medical treatment at nearby hospitals, as well as Easter Seals Summer Camps for children, youth and adults with disabilities.
“It’s a wonderful cause, I’m passionate about it,” Campbell said. “I’m fortunate to be able to get people to open their pockets, and that’s what’s really important.”