A magnificent man and his flying machine will take one giant leap for Aussie kids in the annual Moomba Birdman Rally on March 9, aiming to raise $9,000 for children and their families affected by sexual assault.
With the assistance of a home-made, feather covered, fan-dangled flying machine, father of three, Daniel Mazzei will spread his wings and jump from the 4 metre Birdman platform hoping not to be swallowed by the Yarra River.
The 38-year-old has built a flying contraption made of foam and PVC piping for his gravity defying adventure as he seeks to help educate, empower and protect Australian children.
“Child sexual assault has affected my family and I have seen the devastation it can cause,” said Mr Mazzei.
“I want to help make a difference for young people who are frightened to raise their voice and speak out.”
Mr Mazzei originally aimed to raise $5,000 however after surpassing his target having now raised $5,900, he is now setting his sights much higher and aiming to raise $9,000.
“As a child, I admired and loved watching the Birdman Rally and now I am so pleased to be part of such an iconic event while raising funds for a charity that is close to my heart,” he said.
“Bravehearts needs as much support as possible, they are doing an amazing job at protecting our children from harm and I encourage everyone in the community to donate to my fundraising efforts and be part of a movement of change.”
The money raised will help Bravehearts continue delivery of its education, counselling and case management services for Australian children affected by sexual assault.
Research shows one in five Australian children will be sexually assaulted in some way before their 18th birthday. Bravehearts aims to halve this number by 2020 and achieve its vision of making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child
The Birdman Rally will run from 12pm-2pm and takes place in Birrarung Marr.