Fiery fellows take on plunge

Woman abseiling with view of of city buildings in background
Fiona Stanley Hospital State Adult Burns Service Nurse Unit Manager Jo Camilleri
September 22, 2017

Abseiling 220 metres down the Central Park building isn’t exactly for the faint hearted. But when the challenge involves raising money for the Fiona Wood Foundation (external link), Ward 4B at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) were happy to put their wits to the test.

In its third year, the Central Park Plunge saw 300 participants abseil down Perth’s tallest building to raise money for four local charities.

Fiona’s fiery fellows Helen Douglas, Tyler Moore, Claire McRae, Shannon O’Neil, Joanna Camilleri and Janet Caurel and past patient Val Sloss raised a total of $12,681 for the foundation.

Nurse Unit Manager Joanna Camilleri said the experience was incredible, and was even more worthwhile knowing it was for a cause close to her heart.

“My motivation to take on the plunge was to support burns patients, who often have a long and emotional recovery journey,” Joanna said.

“One of our past patient’s Val Sloss took on the plunge – it was simply inspirational.”

Upon her descent, Joanna recalls that a certain level of mental toughness was needed in preparation to go over the edge.

“The ropes were definitely heavier than we anticipated,” she said.

“Everyone went in with the right mindset and challenged themselves, knowing our burns patients face even greater challenges every day of their recovery.”

“Abseiling down the building with the team was an amazing experience to share. We all supported each other, like we do every day at Fiona Stanley Hospital.”

For more information, please visit the Central Park Plunge website (external site).