Mackay Cutters chief executive Troy Rovelli is one of 12 bosses who will jump out of a plane as part of the 2016 Mackay Skydive Toss the Boss fundraiser.
Mackay Cutters chief executive Troy Rovelli is one of 12 bosses who will jump out of a plane as part of the 2016 Mackay Skydive Toss the Boss fundraiser. Chris Lees

Skydiving ‘not as terrifying as cancer’

WHEN Troy Rovelli jumped out of a plane for the first time last year, he was frozen with fear.

And this year he's going to do it again.

"It was terrifying, that's honest. I had a motivation to face my fears. My mum had just passed away... and what really triggered me was seeing the people that deal with it in the cancer ward at the hospital,"

"They deal with that grief everyday and every day they front up to families... and they do it well. They smile and they are so comforting and caring. So jumping out of a plane was the least of my worries," Mr Rovelli said.

Mr Rovelli is one of 12 bosses who will jump out of a plane as part of the 2016 Mackay Skydive Toss the Boss fundraiser. The event will be held in August and funds raised go to the Mackay Hospital Foundation.

Event organiser Claire Christensen of Mackay Skydive believes skydiving locally for a local charity has huge benefits for all involved.

"It's a team building opportunity, it's a great personal achievement for individuals and it benefits the community. But most of all it's fun - and that's what fundraising should be all about," Ms Christensen said.

Last year the event raised $18,000 and this year they are hoping to raise $40,000 to provide funds for medical equipment in Mackay and Isaac region hospitals.

At a kite-flying competition at Town Beach to launch the event, Souths Leagues Club executive chef Ryan Hawkins said he was feeling nervous.

"Even now, my hands are clammy as. The thought is terrifying," he said. "I much prefer cooking than jumping out of a perfectly good plane. But at Souths, giving back to the community is what it's all about."


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