Rope for Hope fundraiser to help grant sick children’s wishes

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Foundation

Are you looking for an opportunity to create epic memories while making a difference?

The Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope fundraiser is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to fundraise in support of local wish-granting efforts, in exchange for an exhilarating experience to rappel down an iconic building downtown Calgary. Rope for Hope will be the only fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year due to the pandemic and will take place on Sept. 17 at Sheraton Eau Claire.

“You are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And most importantly… (you could) be the difference in the lives of some very special children,” says April Cote, manager of events and volunteers with Make-A-Wish.

She adds in response to COVID-19, Make-A-Wish Canada made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel until December 31, 2020.

“As we move through the uncertainty of the coming weeks, our top priorities are the safety of wish kids and their families and preparing to resume wishes at an unprecedented pace,” she says.

“The solo nature of the rappelling event allows for proper social distancing and safety and comes amid a difficult season for the Calgary-area organization, which has put the majority of wishes on hold and suffered a 75 per cent decline in donations.”

She adds that Make-A-Wish usually hosts more than 10 fundraisers per year ranging from galas to golf tournaments as well as receiving funds from many third party events that have also been cancelled.

“We need to fundraise now for the funds we need to fulfill postponed wishes as soon as it is safe to do so and we do not want any child to unnecessarily wait even an extra day for their wish to be granted,” says Cote.

“Diseases do not stop, and every day, more children in our local community are diagnosed with a critical illness.”

This is the seventh year of the Rope for Hope fundraiser. You must be between 100 and 300 pounds to take part.

Cote says it is the organization’s goal to raise $100,000 this year and participants must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate.

“If you haven’t yet experienced the adrenaline rush of Rope for Hope, we encourage you to learn more about the event,” she adds.

For more information or to register, click here.