Charlotte, NC - Rappelling down a 18-story building might seem terrifying.
“When they tell you, 'Hey, slide off the edge of the building,' and you're looking down, thinking, ‘There's no way I'm going to do this,’ but once you finally, literally get over the edge, the rest of it is not that bad,” said Fox 46 Meteorologist Nick Kosir.
Kosir and Fox 46 anchor Kayla Ayres both took the plunge down the side of the Hyatt House hotel in uptown today as a special media preview of the Over the Edge event, an annual fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Tomorrow the thrilling event is open to the public and at least 70 people are expected to participate.
“Everybody that's rappelling has raised at least $1,000 and in North Carolina we do the event in Charlotte and in Raleigh and it's a great fundraiser for us,” said Keith Fishburne, President and CEO for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.
That money helps pay for equipment and programs such as athletic training for athletes with physical and mental disabilities.
“In special Special Olympics, we never ask any athletes for any fees to be part of our sports training program, so the funds that we're raising through events like this are real important to help pay for those things that we need for our athletes,” said Fishburne.
Despite being nervous, the two Fox 46 personalities decided to take on the challenge for the greater good of helping the Special Olympics.
“It's just huge so to be able to shine a light on it, doing something like this and hopefully inspire people to donate, why not jump at that chance?” said Ayres.
Over the Edge officially kicks off tomorrow at 10am in uptown.