by Dave Preston
The naked truth about a strip and zip fundraiser is out and it appears interest is high for being bare in the air for breast cancer research.
ZipZone Adventures is holding its second annual nude ziplining event June 21. Billed as ZipZone Naked 100, the zipline park hopes to enlist the help of 100 women to zipline in various stages of undress.
Each participant is being asked to raise at least $100 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the goal is to raise at least $20,000.
If anyone thought ZipZone would be hard pressed to find 100 women willing to take it all off (or mostly off) for the event, they’d be in for surprise.
“It looks like we’re going to be oversubscribed,” said ZipZone President Kevin Bennett.
Due to logistics, the adventure park can only handle about 100 women ziplining at a time and Bennett said, as of June 6, there were about 80 participants signed up.
Last year eight members of the SS Rodeo Roller Derby Team zipped semi-nude or nude in the first event and Bennett said he is expecting about 30 roller derby girls to join in this year.
Bennett said he recently heard about a woman in her 70s who took to the stage at a convention in Kelowna. She told attendees that she is participating in the strip and zip event and asked them for donations.
Another woman has taken to a local online forum to solicit donations in exchange for the donator’s name or business name to be painted on her body.
ZipZone’s park will be closed to the public during the event and the only people on site will be the participants, ZipZone staff and some members of the media.
Anyone can contribute to the event, according to Bennett. “Just write a cheque to the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”
Bennett said the cheques can be given to anyone attending the event or they can be mailed to ZipZone at Box 1064, Peachland, BC, V0H 1X0.
Anyone wishing to receive a tax receipt for their donation should attach a note to their cheque and the charity will mail a receipt.