TOOWOOMBA great grandmother June Kearsley stood by her word and has voluntarily leapt from a perfectly good plane.

Mrs Kearsley took part in a tandem skydive to raise funds and awareness of motor neurone disease which claimed the life of her daughter Suzanne in January, 2012.

Mrs Kearsley hopes to raise close to $6000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland.

"It was great," Mrs Kearsley said of her skydive.

"I look a bit terrified in the movie but I quite enjoyed it. I don't think I would do it again, at my age. It would have to be a bigger plane."

Mrs Kearsley skydived on Father's Day at Glenore Grove in the Lockyer Valley and was watched by dozens of family members who travelled to the Lockyer Valley for the event.

Great grandmother June Kearsley jumping out of a plane for Motor Neurone Disease.
Great grandmother June Kearsley jumping out of a plane for Motor Neurone Disease. Contributed

She had planned to tandem skydive with her daughter Suzanne, however her diagnosis prevented the original jump.

Mrs Kearsley son Bevan Kearsley from the Door and Lock Centre who contributed significantly to fundraising by donating $1000.

Donations can still be lodged at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/junejumps

What is motor neurone disease?

  •  Motor neurone disease is a neurological disorder which can affect anyone at any time.
  •  The most common period is midlife, however it is increasingly affecting younger people, and can affect both men and women.
  •  The effects of the disease are rapid, debilitating and terminal.
  •  Currently there is no known cause or cure.
  •  See http://www.mndaq.org.au/
Great grandmother June Kearsley jumping out of a plane for Motor Neurone Disease.
Great grandmother June Kearsley jumping out of a plane for Motor Neurone Disease.


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