We are pleased to announce the first annual ‘Teddy Bear Parachute Championship took place, without serious incident, at Christ Church, Birregurra, Australia. Ginger Stephens has passed on to me a press release he has received from his friends ‘down under’ which I am pleased to publish in full.
A goodly crowd of 49 bears of many sizes and ages and their families arrived on a perfect parachuting day to participate in this inaugural event. The was a slight wind and some cloud cover which assisted both the bears to parachute successfully and the crowd to watch them drop. Bears were lifted to the top of the tower in a special lift which rather resembled a laundry basket but which had been modified to ensure a safe arrival at the top. Thanks to the traffic controller, Ron Bishop, who ensured that all bears were correctly belted in .
Members of the Birregurra C.F.A. were in position at the top of the tower to receive and launch all parachutists. This was done most efficiently and many bears made their landing reasonably close to the target area.The C.F.A. made good use of their training in effecting rescues of several bears who were blown off course and we are pleased to report that every bear was able to return home with their families on the day with only one exception..Tango’s rescue was a little more complicated but he spent the night with friends before going home.
The committee would like to thank most sincerely everyone who participated in any way to make the day such a success — the adventurous bears, the parachute makers, the picnickers. the C.F.A.sausage sizzlers. the officials, etc etc It is planned to make this an annual event and we are already thinking about a bigger and better time next year.
Christ Church Committee
Well done Christ Church! But how about next year arranging a challenge match too see who can raise the most money for a good cause or charity. Perhaps we could use the ashes from burning the parachute of one of the loosing bears and send to the winners in a little urn – or has someone thought of something similar before?