Jack jumps over the EDGE for research

THE Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Research Foundation is seeking 60 brave volunteers willing to scale Tasmania’s tallest building to help raise funds for local medical research.

This Father’s Day (Sunday 4 September), participants will conquer their fear of heights and face the 70-metre incline of the Wrest Point main tower, stepping out of their comfort zones as part of the tenth annual EDGE Abseil event.

For the past 25 years the RHH Research Foundation has been producing cutting-edge medical research that has received national and global recognition.

To celebrate the Foundation’s 25-year history, CEO Heather Francis is urging all Tasmanians to find a way to get involved in the EDGE fundraiser.

“There is an incredibly vibrant research community here in Tasmania and has been for an enormously long time, and consequently it is attracting more researchers and clinicians into Tasmania,” she said.

“We are very close to reaching the milestone of $10 million invested into local research and I want to challenge all Tasmanians to get behind the fundraiser and help us achieve this.”

The Foundation has welcomed a mix of ambassadors from the arts, sports, medical and not-for-profit sectors over the years, with Tasmania JackJumpers mascot Jack the Jumper stepping up as the EDGE Ambassador for 2022.

“This relationship isn’t just by sheer coincidence – the RHH Research Foundation and jack jumper research have become synonymous over the years,” Ms Francis said.

“A research study into deaths associated with venomous bites from the jack jumper ant was amongst the very first funded by the Foundation.

“The RHH Research Foundation is proud to have been pioneers in funding research into the jack jumper allergy, leading to establishment of an innovative desensitisation clinic that runs out of the RHH.

“There have been no deaths in Tasmania from a jack jumper bite since 2003 – entirely due to this ongoing local research that has been hailed nationally and internationally.”

Registrations for the EDGE Abseil 2022 are now open and are strictly limited to 60 entries.

Go to www.rhhresearchfoundation.org to register or find out more.

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