Joe Stein, from Ballina’s Go Skydive, with Ballina mums preparing to skydive as a fundraiser for the Help Talaya Appeal (from left) Amanda Tancred, Cara Brisbane, Nikki Cronan and Genevieve Moller.
Joe Stein, from Ballina’s Go Skydive, with Ballina mums preparing to skydive as a fundraiser for the Help Talaya Appeal (from left) Amanda Tancred, Cara Brisbane, Nikki Cronan and Genevieve Moller.

Mums make leap for Talaya

FOUR Ballina mums are prepared to take a giant step in support of young Talaya Close.

But the mums all agree their skydive from 14,000 feet above Ballina is nothing compared with the ‘leap of faith’ that Talaya and her family are taking.

Talaya, 8, has a rare braintumour, and a fundraising appeal is currently being held to raise money for the cost of the operation, and recovery, with a target of $75,000.

Talaya’s family have put their trust in Dr Charlie Teo, considered a maverick by many of his peers, to remove the tumour in the middle of Talaya’s brain.

The mums – Amanda Tancred, Cara Brisbane, Nikki Cronan and Genevieve Moller – have raised more than $5000 in sponsorship for their August 1 skydive with Ballina’s Go Skydive.

“We’re taking our own leap of faith and risking our lives, but that’s nothing compared to Talaya and her family,” Ms Brisbane said.

“We’re all nervous,” Ms Cronan added.

“I never dreamed of doing anything like this.”

Go Skydive owner Joe Stein, who has completed 6875 jumps in 14 years of skydiving, told the women they will travel about 220km/h as they freefall for 10,000 feet.

The whole experience would last about one minute, he said.

Genevieve Moller was the most confident of the quartet.

She did a skydive about five years ago, and said ‘bring it on’ for the upcoming jump.

The jump will be held in conjunction with a Fun Day currently being organised and to be held at Ballina’s Kingsford Smith Park from 10am to 2pm on August 1.

The women will make their leap sometime in the afternoon, depending on the weather.

The Fun Day will have plenty of entertainment for kids, including a jumping castle, games such as sack races, lucky dip and a cup cake decorating competition.

Meanwhile, the Help Talaya appeal has reached more than $68,000. To donate, visit helptalaya.org.au.



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