Meredith College senior Hailee Wingfield raised more than $1,200 for the Special Olympics of North Carolina this fall. Her reward for this effort was a chance to rappel down the Wachovia Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh.
Wingfield took part in a fundraiser called “Over the Edge.” Anyone raising $1,000 or more could rappel 32-stories down the side of one of Raleigh’s tallest buildings.
“I wanted to do some sort of volunteering for Special Olympics and as I was researching opportunities, I came across Over the Edge, so I decided to go for it,” Wingfield said.
Many Meredith faculty and staff members supported Wingfield’s “Over the Edge” fundraiser.
Participants were able to practice rappelling from just a few stories up before starting the descent. An exercise and sports science major, Wingfield said the experience was a little scary, but worth the effort.
“It was definitely rewarding once it was done,” she said. “I would do the event again, especially since it is benefiting such a great cause.”
The “Over the Edge” event raised $142,000, which will support North Carolina athletes in Special Olympics competitions.
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