Peachland charity event encourages women to be nude at high altitude

ZipZone Adventure Park is searching for 100 women who will zipline naked to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Zip Zone Adventure Park is hoping to find 100 brave women to take part in this year's ZipZone Naked 100. The June 21 event will raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Wanted: One hundred women who will voluntarily shed their clothes and zipline naked, 380 feet above the ground.

Reward: The pride that comes with assisting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to create a future without the fear of breast cancer.

The ZipZone Naked 100 will take place at ZipZone Adventure Park June 21. The event is open to ladies 18 and older and will aim to raise $20,000 for breast cancer research.

Kevin Bennett, president of ZipZone Adventure Park, said that the naked ziplining concept originated last year after he was contacted by girls of the SS Rodeo roller derby team.

“They wanted to do a fun charity event. They asked if we would do a naked ziplining event with them. We worked out the details, they came out, we closed the park, they zipped and they had a great time,” said Bennett.

Eight girls from the roller derby team managed to raise $1,500 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

This year, those involved in organizing the fundraiser decided to up the ante by opening up 100 spots to all female adults .

“The only rule is they come, have fun and raise a minimum of $100.”

The SS Rodeo roller derby team will once again have members participating in the event as well.

Bennett said that he doesn’t think it will be too hard convincing 100 women to zipline naked for a good cause.

“I’ve spoken to a number of different ladies. Some go, ‘No, I would never do that.’ But there’s a whole group of women that say, ‘This sounds like a really fun way to raise money.'” said Bennett.

Women who sign up are not required to bare everything if they get stage fright before taking flight.

“Last year some of the girls came out wearing nothing but a smile, but some of the other girls wore bikini bottoms and a couple of the girls had pasties.

“Nudity is not the issue. . .the important thing is that we raise money for charity.”

All ziplining guides working the event will be female and participants are warned that employees will need to have physical contact with them in order to ensure harnesses and other safety equipment are being worn properly.

Last year, the guides were so encouraged by the cause that they lost some of their clothing as well.

“To support the girls, but also have a professional demeanor, they simply removed their t-shirts and zipped just wearing brassieres—I was very proud of my girls for doing that.”

Bennett said he wouldn’t be opposed to hosting a similar event for men if there was ever an interest.

“We haven’t been approached, but certainly that would be something that we’d be interested in doing. I don’t know if I could get 100 guys to zip naked.”

The ZipZone Naked 100 will be closed to the general public.

Women who are interested can call 1-855-ZIPZONE (947-9663) or visit zipzone.ca.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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