As part of a United Way Day of Caring initiative the participants were taken by bus to the zipline site in Chase for a day of activities that are usually unavailable to them.
In addition to the three-zipline course, especially adventurous attendees were able to try a 15 metre trust fall from a tower and the brand new 30 metre Screaming Eagle Swing. The aptly named swing, which starts with a nine metre freefall before flying out between two poles at up to 80 kilometres an hour, was a hit with participants.
“Some said it was the best day ever,” said Ron Betts, co-owner of Treetop Flyers. “It was great to make such a connection with the kids and see how much they appreciated it.”
After the adrenaline rush the children were treated to a barbeque and games before heading back to Kamloops.
“It was a fun day for the staff and the kids,” said Justin Matulionis, guide at Treetop Flyers. “It was awesome to see how stoked the kids were. It was also cool to help them overcome some of their fears and go outside their comfort zone.”
The Day of Caring events are co-ordinated by United Way to partner businesses or organizations looking to give back with non-profits who need assistance. Most events involve donating time through manual labour such as gardening, painting or building.
“That makes this a really unique Day of Caring,” said Taylor-Rae Harvey, resource associate at United Way. “It’s amazing, they can give the resources that they have available.”
“We planned the event in an effort to give back to the community, to have a really exciting day and to do something different,” said Matt Lepp, co-owner of Treetop Flyers.
Betts said they absolutely plan on hosting other similar events in the future.This was the 24th Day of Caring put on by the United Way in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo district this year, but the first ever for Treetop Flyers.
“We like to instill that kindness and giving back to the community is a priority to our staff,” Betts said. “We will one hundred per cent do it again.”