Collegiate student to live on the edge

ST Michael’s Collegiate School student Lizzie Stokely has called on three prominent members of the Collegiate community to join her in her quest to abseil down Wrest Point Casino’s 60-metre tower in aid of medical research.

Inspired by the work of the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Research Foundation, the head prefect signed up to compete in the organisation’s EDGE! Abseil fundraising event, to be held in September this year.

“This is a great opportunity for Collegiate to contribute to medical research that will make a real difference here in Tasmania,” Lizzie said.

“Collegiate has always encouraged me to step up and seize opportunities and this is something we can all get behind and do together,” she said.

Collegiate Parent’s Association president Gaye Rutherford, Collegiate Board member Susannah Windsor and Collegiate principal Judith Tudball have each accepted Lizzie’s challenge.

Mrs Tudball said she often spoke to students about measured risk-taking and stepping outside of their comfort zones.

“I am not entirely at ease at great heights so this will be a personal challenge for me and another way I can demonstrate the value of digging deep to engage grit and tenacity to help overcome one’s fears,” she said.

“Collegiate has enjoyed a strong relationship with the RHH Research Foundation for some time and we are delighted to once again support its outstanding research efforts.”

The EDGE! Abseil will take place at Wrest Point on 25 September 2016.

For more information about the event or the RHH Research Foundation go to www.rhhresearchfoundation.org

Caption: St Michael’s Collegiate School head prefect Lizzie Stokely testing her abseiling skills ahead of the Wrest Point challenge in September.

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