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Charity drop for Moray man who fears heights

By Staff Reporter

A MAN who has helped bring sporting challenges to youngsters across Moray is now preparing to test his own mettle.

Active Schools coordinator Dimitris Chrysanthakopoulos and a team of nine others will abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge on June 9 in support of Outfit Moray.

Taking on the 165ft drop will test the whole team, but it will be particularly tough for Dimitris.

"It is the ultimate challenge for me as I am afraid of heights," he said.

"However, I love sports and especially sports that involve a high degree of risk and get me out my comfort zone.

"I do lots of mountain biking and other outdoor activities, so I see this abseil as a new challenge that will help me overcome my fear of heights and push me to my limits.

"If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you!"

Dimitris, who also works for the local authority as a community sport hubs officer, chose to support Outfit Moray because of the work they do for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Moray. The funds will go towards the set-up of activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing, coasteering, archery and more.

He said: "Using the local breathtaking environment as classroom and playground, Outfit Moray are able to actively develop the potential of these young people and help shape their future lives by increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem. I believe that is cause worth the challenge."

Dimitris has set up an online fundraising page and is hoping to raise £185, as are the nine others taking part in the challenge.

"If successful this will result in £1850 for Outfit Moray – a significant help especially in the current unstable financial climate," he said.

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