Not many Melbournians would jump into the Yarra River! But that's what Englishman, James Everson-Crane is planning to do on behalf of Lifestart Foundation! He will leap from a platform at midday on March 9th as part of Melbourne's famous Moomba Festival! Always optimistic, James plans to soar high above the crowds wearing nothing but a flowing, white gown and a big Vietnamese hat!
Last year James and his family were visiting Melbourne during Moomba and happened to watch the Birdman competition. James was eager to comment on all the entries and certain that he could fly further! Without much thought, he promised his family that if they ever found themselves in Melbourne again during March, he would enter the competiton!
And here we are! March is approaching, James and his family are in Melbourne and there's no excuse but to take to the air! James costume has been carefully designed by his seven year old son, Samuel, who is taking great pride in overseeing the project and looking forward to the health and safety briefing!
James & Sam had some rather elaborate technical ideas for flying machines, but after much consideration they have decided to opt
They are holding James to his promise to enter the Birdman competition on March 9th
for a Vietnamese theme with an eye-catching costume (& extended wings!). All entries must be sponsored. Consequently James will be wearing flowing white robes ( something like and Au Dai ) and a pointed Vietnamese hat when he leaps from the platform!
James has already been approached by reporters from the Age newspaper to talk about his jump and the competition is televised in Australia.
James is trying to raise sponsorship and awareness for Lifestart Foundation, having seen first hand in Vietnam how we are transforming so many lives. If you wish to sponsor him, please make a donation on line at: www.lifestartfoundation.org.au
Lifestart Foundation sponsors and supporters come from many parts of the world and their desire to help Lifestart Foundation comes in a variety of ways. However, I think James takes the award for the most creative way to support Lifestart Foundation.
If you find yourself in Melbourne at 12.00pm on March the 9th. please come along to the Moomba festivities and support James.
Stay tuned for the update on his jump!
Lots of Love from Karen. www.lifestartfoundation.org.au
If you would like to send James a message, words of encouragement or tips on how to fly please send your message to him via the "public comment " section on this blog.
Karen Leonard has resided in Essendon, Australia, all of her life. For the past thirty years she has successfully run a small business in Essendon, The Karen Leonard Music School.
A dedicated traveler since the age of eighteen, Karen has visited many countries. In 2000 while backpacking through Vietnam, Karen met a young street kid and they had an instant connection. He introduced Karen to his world, his fellow street kid friends and their families. It wasn't long before Karen was supporting several street kids by encouraging them back to school and paying their education costs. After retu... full info