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Pair falling for you in the Dropzone
Rappelling down a thirteen-story building didn't have anything on two local moms.
And if Amber Marsh and Shelby Buchan could do it again they most definitely would.
The ladies recently participated in the Sept. 12 Drop Zone fundraiser, dropping down the side of Victoria's CIBC building and raising $4,600 for the Easter Seals Camp in Shawnigan Lake.
"My dad passed away in June, 2012 from cancer, and he had dedicated a lot of his career as a psychologist helping children and was a big supporter of children's charities like B.C. Children's Hospital and Camp Easter Seals," explained Buchan of why she decided to take the plunge.
But it wasn't her first time.
"I actually did the Drop Zone back in 2006, as the opportunity was basically handed to me as I was working in Victoria at 100.3 The Q. So I already knew what I was getting myself into. However, this time I was going to earn my way by raising money to help send kids to camp, a local camp at that.
"I originally thought about doing the Drop Zone last August, but didn't think I would have enough time to raise the money in a month. I told my husband that I was going to do it the following September and raise money in my dad's honour."
Marsh and Buchan have been buddies for about four years and the two were chatting over coffee when Shelby mentioned doing the drop again.
"She asked if she could join me, adding that she was nervous and joked about backing out because of her fear of heights," said Buchan. "I promised to be right there with her the whole time and we basically just went for it."
Marsh wasn't new to the fundraising scene and participating in fundraising events.
"For the past five years I have done the Super Cities walk for MS," she said. "Each year I was in the top five fundraisers in the valley, and raised over $10,000 total in those five years. This year I had decided to take a break from MS and maybe try something different."
After agreeing to participate in the Drop Zone with Buchan, Marsh wondered over the next six months if she was out of her mind.
"I have zero experience doing anything involving like this," she said. "I did a rope course once when I was 13. Also, I have a pretty big fear of heights, but I had committed to Shelby and decided I had to follow through."
Both ladies admitted it was quite intimidating standing in front of the building located at the corner of Douglas and View streets.
"Even though I had repelled that very building before, I was just as nervous, maybe because I'm a mother now? I find that I scare more easily now than before I had my son."
"The hardest part," Marsh added, "was getting up on the edge of the roof and the amazing rope masters telling me that it was time to lean back and let go of the railing.
"Once I did that, it was so easy. So much focus goes into just doing the motions to move yourself down that you don’t really think about how high up you are."
They both trained together at Fleming Beach in Victoria.
"It was a rock face about two stories high," explained Marsh. "When I managed that without a rope breaking, or me smacking my face on the rock, I started to think that I could actually do it."
On Drop Zone day, both Marsh and Buchan got to rapel at the same time.
"It was a great experience to share with my friend," said Buchan.
"Honestly, when I got to the ground, I wanted to go right back up to the roof and do it again," said Marsh. "Plus, I was so amazingly proud of our achievements, tackling, and surviving my fear of heights, raising money for such a great cause and showing my kids that it’s totally OK to be afraid of something but it’s always a good thing to at least try it."
"Would I do it again? In a heartbeat."