100 King Street West

Twenty-six floors above 100 King Street West will be the start of a rappel by as many as 76 locals on June 24. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington are asking volunteers to raise a minimum $1,000 to go over the edge above Jackson's Square. (Jeff Green / CBC Hamilton)

Marianne Noakes was thinking big when she planned the next fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington.

One hundred and three meters big, to be exact.

That’s the height 100 King Street West, the former Stelco tower, where 76 fundraisers will get the chance to rappel down the side of the building over Jackson’s Square this summer on June 24, all in the name of charity.

“We wanted to do something different to bring attention to our need for volunteers and dollars to keep mentoring alive in our community,” said Noakes, the executive director of the Hamilton and Burlington chapter.

“With this event, we expect to dispel the myth that being a volunteer with our kids takes Spiderman like superheroes. In fact we are looking for everyday heroes to be friends to our kids,” Noakes added.

With 35 spots confirmed for the summer’s rappel, 41 spots are available for those who think they can raise a minimum of $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. There’s also a “toss your boss” option if you wanted to nominate a willing participant.

Sponsored by the Co-operators, event company Over the Edge will handle all the logistics of the 26-storey rappel, from the ropes down to the insurance of the participants who need to be at least 12 years old and tip the scales over 100 pounds.

Last year, the Hamilton and Burlington chapter mentored 1,747 children and teens in one-on-one situations, as well as group programming.

Here's a video of a similar fundraising effort in Portland for the Boy Scouts of America.

Fundraising Event Promotion - Over the Edge with the Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council from James Bergman on Vimeo.