Last Thursday, August 11, 2016 over 40 people took a leap to help a great charity. Rappelling 27 stories down the Grand Sierra proved to be quite the reward for those whose family, friends, and coworkers donated on their behalf to Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more than 100 years Big Brothers Big Sisters has paired volunteers with youth who may need a bit of adult guidance to get through challenging times.
I followed John Firestone as he prepared for his adventure rappelling down the 27 stories to where his wife Wendy waited after she took the plunge herself just a few minutes earlier.
John is the Executive Director at The Life Change Center and his wife Wendy is the Fund Development Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. The Life Change Center is a Nonprofit Methadone Clinic in Sparks and Carson City. Together Wendy and John are quite the power couple.
What struck me as I followed John through his preparation was the professionalism and safety conciseness of the many people involved and how they made everyone who took the plunge feel safe and helped then to overcome their fears.
I will be taking part next year and will give a first-hand account.
Take a look at the video to get a taste of what it was like for John.
Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.