Having spent over four years with the Parachute Regiment Reserve in the UK many moons ago, Kevin McWilliams is keen to get back in the ‘chute and try his hand at skydiving for the inaugural Dive for Dogs on Saturday 13 May.
“It’s been 31 years since my last parachute jump, and I’m finally going to try freefall for the first time. I’m excited!”
Kevin’s wife Debra has worked for VisAbility and Guide Dogs WA for several years, and it’s through Debra’s involvement that his eyes were opened to the world of vision impairment.
“I had seen Guide Dogs out and about but I hadn’t really considered how much of an impact they made to a person’s life. Hearing ‘inside’ stories of how clients had regained much-needed independence through the work of Guide Dogs WA, has been inspirational.”
“When the opportunity came about to raise money for this excellent cause by doing something I’d often thought about, it seemed like the planets had aligned nicely.”
Kevin has even started practising in the lead up to the big day! “I’ve just had my first day of ‘intensive training’… I went and did some indoor freefall at iFly in Perth to get an idea of what it’ll feel like on the day. What fun!!! I’m going to do a few more of these – it’s a good excuse to have some fun.”
Not only that, but Kevin has been working hard at fundraising by finding friends, family and clients at his work to sponsor his jump. He’s currently the top fundraiser for the event, and shows no signs of slowing down!
“I’ll keep raising the target each time I get close… currently we’re at a $7,500 target with just over $7,000 raised.”
“It’s easy for us all to take good health and vision for granted. Life is precious and fragile, take notice of others for whom everyday life isn’t so easy and consider how lucky we are. This is a great cause – so get on board and support Guide Dogs WA.”