Cloudy day but a bright outcome

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Skydiver Steve Gregor (middle) and some of The Hundred Jump Project team give a cheque to crew from Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter staff.

The weather may have waylaid skydiving record seeker Steve Gregor’s attempt to make a hundred jumps in a day and break a national record, but his Hundred Jump Project still raised money for Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

It raised $10,057.40 and all without taking a jump, due to low cloud and strong winds.

“This week I was extremely proud to meet with some of the heroes of the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter service including pilots, crew and senior management team to present our cheque for $10,057.40,” Mr Gregor said.

“I spent nearly a year of my life dedicated to piecing this project together. Countless hours of meticulous planning, preparation, physical exercise, training jumps, media build-up and sponsorship proposals, as well as bringing together an incredible team of people dedicated to making this thing happen.

“So it is absolutely heartbreaking to report (to those that aren’t already aware) that, due to extremely low cloud and dangerously strong winds, I was unable to complete a single skydive on the day. “We had all the right ingredients to break a record, but the one thing that was out of our control was the weather and it simply was not safe nor legal to skydive that day.”

He thanked those who financially supported his attempt including Bodyfix, Skydiving Kiwis and Active Electrical Christchurch and said it was likely he would attempt to break the record again, so watch this space.