Challenging her fears for a good cause

March 10, 2018

Mooroopna's Tamara Coad is preparing to plunge down 27 floors when she takes part in the Altitude Shift challenge in Melbourne next month.

Mooroopna’s Tamara Coad has a fear of heights.

But that will not stop the 31-year-old mother of two taking part in next month’s Altitude Shift challenge which will see her abseil 113m from the top of Melbourne’s St James building.

‘‘I have a fear of heights but that’s why I’m doing it,’’ she said.

The annual challenge raises funds for Anglicare Victoria’s foster care program.

‘‘Foster kids face fear each and every day,’’ she said.

‘‘All kids should have somewhere they feel safe and feel supported.’’

Ms Coad said she first became aware of the initiative after seeing it online and has since enlisted former Shepparton woman Zoe O’Brien to take part in the challenge with her.

‘‘She lives in Melbourne now and she’s going to do it with me,’’ Ms Coad said.

Although she was nervous about abseiling down 27 floors, Ms Coad said it had always been in her nature to help people.

‘‘I’m a nurse,’’ she said.

‘‘And it comes back to when I was a kid ... I always wanted to help people.’’

The challenge was established by Anglicare Victoria and chief executive Paul McDonald said they were calling on Victorians to tackle the St James building and raise vital funds for young people living in foster care and out of home.

‘‘Sometimes seeing how far you can push yourself is part of the journey when you’re fundraising for a cause you feel strongly about,’’ he said.

Having little experience, Ms Coad said she might try and tackle a rock climbing wall or two before the Altitude Shift on April 27-28.

Ms Coad said just 200 people could sign up to do the challenge — open to individuals, teams and corporate participants — and places were still available.

Participants must pay $150 upon registering and they must meet a minimum fundraising target of $850.

To register, visit and to contribute to Ms Coad’s fundraising total visit https://altitudeshift2018.everydayhero. com/au/tamara

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