Londoners rappel down 26 storeys to support Make-A-Wish

London City Centre will be the site of Make-A-Wish's annual Rope for Hope event. Liny Lamberink / 980 CFPL

Dozens of people in London are braving a 26-storey descent in support of an organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The sixth annual Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope event is happening Friday and sees participants rappel down London City Centre at 380 Wellington St.

Make-A-Wish special events manager Erin Bhatia says all 50 participants have committed to donating $1,500 to Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.

“Lots of them have gone over. We have one gentleman who’s raised over $5,000,” Bhatia said.

All money raised from Rope for Hope goes toward the work of Make-A-Wish, which recently granted its 1,500th wish in southwestern Ontario since 1986.

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“That wish was Jack’s wish to go to Nike headquarters in Portland, Ore. His wish was sponsored by the Rope for Hope participants,” Bhatia added.

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As for the descent, Bhatia describes it as something filled with lots of emotions.

“Your heart is racing and you can’t believe that you’re actually going over the edge.”

Bhatia added: “Once they untether you and you’re just hooked on by ropes, it’s kind of nerve-racking, but everything is extremely safe.”

Ryan (left) and Denise (right) pose with a pair of Wish Kids after rappelling down the side of the City Centre building in downtown London. Jaclyn Carbone / 980 CFPL

Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario is looking to grant 100 wishes in 2019, with more than 60 having already been granted.

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Officials with the charity are accepting donations during Friday’s rappel on the King Street side of London City Centre, just east of Wellington Street.

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