The first Jump! for Red Cross event will take place on 25 July in Auckland and Queenstown, followed by Tauranga on 26 July.

The jumpers had to raise a minimum of $500 through a dedicated fundraising page to participate in the tandem skydiving event. Each jumper rallied their friends and whānau for support, whether it was creating a raffle, or committing to wearing a pink tutu when jumping out of the plane, our jumpers were very creative in their fundraising tactics.

The funds each jumper raises will help New Zealand Red Cross continue their work in supporting and providing hope to the most vulnerable in our communities.

We want to introduce seven of our jumpers who were brave enough to step up and willingly throw themselves out of a plane (up to 20,000 feet above the ground).

We asked them why they signed up for such a crazy thing, a fun fact about themselves and to tell us their famous last words (don’t worry, each skydive is incredibly safe)!

Here is what they had to say.

Meet the Jumpers!

Name: Robyn Kay Du Preez

Skydive location: Auckland

Occupation: Artist/ Student

Fun fact: I’m afraid of heights and flying! (So, this is going to be very entertaining.)

Reason for jumping:  I feel as if I’ve lived a very fortunate life and I want to give back to the community.

Famous last words: Climate change is real!

Fundraising goal: $500 is my immediate goal and then my wishful thinking goal is $1000

Name: Francesca Hosking

Skydive location: Auckland, Tauranga and Queenstown!

Occupation: Professional Speaker. I talk about and show people how life's lessons teach and equip us with the tools and skills we need to live a fulfilling life both personally and professionally. 

Fun Fact: I wouldn't make a very good comedian because I always start giggling before getting to the punch line!

Reason for jumping: I believe by pushing myself beyond my comfort zone and living my fullest potential, I can help inspire others to do the same.

Famous last words: Never say never.

Fundraising goal: $5000

Name: Robert Michael Ballinger-Judd

Skydive Location: Tauranga

Occupation: Banking Specialist

Fun Fact: I was crowned #1 Noodle Eating Champion in Wellington and 3rd overall in New Zealand back in 2009. I consumed 1.25 kilograms in eight minutes.

Reason for jumping: It's part of my effort to give back to the community as well as one of my top to-do's before I kick the bucket. (That and hang out with a raccoon/raccoons.)

Famous last words: Tell my family I love them...and clear my internet browser history.

Fundraising goal: $1000+

Name: Monica Bearsley

Skydive location: Tauranga

Occupation: Community Activator - Waikato (New Zealand Red Cross)

Fun Fact: I am privileged to be the current team leader for the Hamilton Disaster Welfare and Support team (DWST).

Reason for jumping: To support an organisation that has supported me to reach my full potential... and some of my team members signed me up!

Famous last words: Facing the fear and doing it anyways!

Fundraising goal: $1000

Name: Brooklyn

Skydive location: Tauranga

Occupation: SPACE Representative

Fun Fact: I strongly dislike heights.

Reason for Jumping: To help support the Red Cross in continuing to work in the vulnerable areas of our communities.

Famous last words: I’m sorry mum.

Fundraising Goal: $750

Name: Mark Eagle

Skydive location: Tauranga

Occupation: Breakfast Host on ‘The Breeze Tauranga’

Fun Fact: Have been bitten by a lion and lived to tell the tale...

Reason for jumping: I recently learned about the many diverse services New Zealand Red Cross offer, from Meals on Wheels, to first aid courses, disaster and emergency relief, the curtain bank and so much more. Any help I can give to help them continue their great work will go to a great cause.

Famous last words: Are you sure this is sssaaaaaaaaaaaafffffeeeeeee?

Fundraising goal: $1000, but anything on top of $500 will be great!

Name: Théa James

Skydive location: Tauranga

Occupation: Agricultural Sales - Nutrient Specialist

Fun Fact: As part of my fundraising, I’ll be donating 25cm of hair to be made into a wig - the last time this mop was cut for length was 15 years ago!

Reason for jumping:  New Zealand Red Cross does so much within our wider community. The portion I’m personally close to, as a volunteer, is the Disaster Welfare and Support Team (DWST). For me, this is an exciting opportunity to give back to a worthy cause!

Famous last words: “There is more to life than increasing it’s speed” - Mahatma Gandhi

Fundraising goal: $1,000… getting there!

Want to support our Jumpers?

Jumping out of a plane not your thing? That’s ok. You can still support the work we do here at New Zealand Red Cross by donating to support any of our jumpers.

You can find their fundraising pages here:

Auckland: https://everydayhero.co.nz/event/Jumpinjuly/top_ten

Tauranga: https://everydayhero.co.nz/event/JumpTauranga/top_ten