That’s One Way to Support the Special Olympics…

Michael Park is an atheist who’s trying to raise money for the Special Olympics Connecticut by doing something you will never ever ever see me do: rappel down a tall building:

… when my employer offered the opportunity to support Special Olympics by rappelling down a 30 story building, there was no way I could say no. I get to swing down the side of a building AND help people?!? This is about as close to being Batman as I’m ever going to get. If I can meet my fundraising goal of $1000 before October 20th, I will get to rappel down the Mohegan Sun Casino Hotel. So whether you want to support a great cause that helps thousands of kids, help me fulfill a childhood fantasy, or just like the idea of me being pushed off a really tall building, please donate whatever you can spare.

I wouldn’t do that if it were a two story building, so Michael has my respect.

It’s a great cause and he even makes a strong case for why we should support him :)

Unlike the American Cancer Society, I would love to be able to say, “Oh by the way, a good chunk of the money raised today came from atheists.”

You won me over. If you can help Michael out, you can donate to the cause here.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Ani Sharmin

    “I get to swing down the side of a building AND help people?!? This is about as close to being Batman as I’m ever going to get.”

    Totally won me over with this.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Ani Sharmin

    “I get to swing down the side of a building AND help people?!? This is about as close to being Batman as I’m ever going to get.”

    Totally won me over with this.

  • http://antigold.myopenid.com/ Jude

    Rappelling is fun.  It also isn’t difficult.  It just *looks* scary.

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    I once worked at a Scout camp were we did repelling.  I was always surprised how afraid some people would be about it.  Gravity is doing most the work, you just need to apply a little pressure with your bottom hand to control the speed.  The only thing easier in that sense is parachuting, were gravity is doing all the work.  It sounds like we know what to expect Hemant to put up in his next ill-advised bet against PZ… Austrailian repelling.

  • Aquaria

    Sorry, but being held high in the air by  a mere rope is the stuff of nightmares. It’s not the height that scares me. It’s that splat at the bottom that I don’t want to risk.

  • http://twitter.com/DragonCalf Pieter B

    Rappelling accidents kill more climbers than any other activity. It’s fun, it’s not difficult, but you’re totally dependent on your equipment. If something goes wrong with your anchor, you can’t go back up and fix it. It’s not scary, but you definitely need to double-check everything.