The time has arrived for this nervous bunch of young Leaders as they prepare today to 'Leap' down McDonald Jones Stadium

The nerve ends will be jangling among 25 of the Hunters most prominent young Leaders this morning as they prepare for one of their most exciting challenges – abseiling down McDonald Jones Stadium.

In what is one of the Westpac Rescue Helicopters Service’s most adventurous and successful fundraising events, the Leaders Leap, is set to take place (Friday, August 10) for the first time in Newcastle, at the home of the Newcastle Knights and Newcastle Jets.

Twenty-five Hunter Leaders have accepted the challenge to abseil down the iconic building and raise money to participate. The Leaders come from many walks of life, including Newcastle Knights Business Development Executive – Kurt Gidley, NBN Weather reporter – Gavin Morris, Supercars driver – Lee Holdsworth and local artist Mitch Revs, to name just a few.

To date the Leaders have raised over $60,000 collectively, with the total increasing by the day.

This event will not only challenge our Leaders’ fear of heights, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the vital work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew, who regularly winch people to safety from the bush, ocean and hard to access locations.

CEO Richard Jones said that he has been overwhelmed by the passion and generosity of the 25 Leaders who are Leaping in support of the Service.

“It’s clear to see that the Hunter is home to many big hearted and brave individuals, from athletes, to artists, leaders of local industry and TV celebrities. Each Leader has gone above and beyond to raise vital funds for their Westpac Rescue Helicopter,” Mr Jones said.

“Thank you to our generous community of supporters for getting behind our 26 courageous Leaders. Your support has helped to ensure that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter can continue to fly 24-7 as a free service to those in need,” he said.

Please get behind all of our Leaders and show them your support, while helping the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service give someone in need the best possible chance of life in our community. The Service encourages spectators to come along on Friday and cheer on their favourite Leader.

The first of the abseilers will head to the top of the stadium at 8.40am, while the last, Damien Kross (WRHS-Aircrew Officer), will make the Leap at around 1pm.

Fundraising will remain option until Friday, August 17. Visit the Leaders Leap website for more information.