One of Zespri's high flyers will start his working week next week in an intrepid way.
Chief supply chain officer Blair Hamill will be jumping out of a plane, and right out of his comfort zone – he confesses to not really liking heights.
It will be in the name of a good cause. His skydiving adventure is part of a Graeme Dingle Foundation BOP Drop Your Boss event to support kids in Kiwi Can, Stars and Project K to transform young lives forever.
Blair was timetabled to be one of the first bosses to take the plunge last week, but this was postponed due to bad weather.
He is one of 20 Western Bay of Plenty community leaders taking part in the fundraising, which can be supported via givealittle. Blair's link for donations is https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/blair-hamill-drop-your-boss-bay-of-plenty-2018. Donations can be made up until 31 May.
Graeme Dingle Foundation BOP Trust founder Dan Allen-Gordon applauds those who are taking the leap to help young people in the community who can do with a helping hand.
“Kiwi Can has 2,600 children learning resilience, respect, integrity and positive relationships every week this year," says Dan.
"Stars has 435 Year 9 students mentored throughout the year by more than 100 Year 12 and 13 students. Project K, meanwhile, supports 24 low-efficacy Year 10 students for 14 months, achieving outstanding results."
Blair says skydiving has never featured on his bucket list, but he is happy to help out even though heights are not his thing.
“I'm not even that good at open balconies up high. But, I'm committed now and actually like being pushed out of my comfort zone, especially if I can assist in making a positive difference to these children's lives. I'm looking forward to the adrenalin rush,” he says in the lead-up to the jump.
It's not the first time Blair has pushed his personal boundaries to support a good cause. In 2014 he got talked into a charitable corporate boxing event once.
The other bosses being dropped are: Justine Brennan, Simon Anderson, Mark Jenkins, Viv Brownrigg, Sharyn Cooke, Michelle Lee, Paul Cooney, Kristin Macfarlane, James Eastcott, Sharline Fitzgerald, Scott Campbell, Shirley Seales, Michele Beaton, Richard Nelson, Hannah Bougen, Lesleigh Ricardi, Susan Grey, Glen Forgie, Janine McTainsh.
As of today, more than $8000 has collectively been raised.