On June 19, women took it on themselves to take it all off for the fourth annual Bare In The Air event at ZipZone Adventures.
The zip naked fundraising event began in 2011 when eight women from the SS Rodeo roller derby team raised $1,500 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation by ziplining naked to show support for a fellow teammate. In 2012 ZipZone opened up the event to all women and over the last three years has raised over $40,000 for breast cancer research.
“It was a lot of fun,” ZipZone president Kevin Bennett told The View. “I always enjoy these events. One of the things for me that I particularly find very satisfying is when you start to hear women’s stories. They’re either there to support a loved one who’s had cancer or they’ve had cancer themselves. A lot of them, particularly when they’ve had surgeries and stuff, they’re baring it all. They’re feeling very vulnerable and we give them an opportunity to sort of face that vulnerability in a safe environment. I think a lot of women are very appreciative and rewarded by that so it is something that I’m quite proud of.”
Each of the participants raised a minimum of $250 for the cause.
The participant who raised the most funds was Kelowna city Councillor Mohini Singh, who raised $925.
ZipZone Adventures is located about 8 km up Princeton Avenue, just outside Peachland’s boundary.