If you know me, you know that I have a healthy fear of heights. Ok, that’s a wholesale understatement – it’s my greatest fear in life. So you can imagine that the sum of all my fears would be to get thrown from a perfectly good airplane.
For years, my employees have been trying to coerce me into jumping for their own sickening amusement. Nothing has even made me flinch. But RAKit week is underway and thousands of Chivers around the world are paying it forward in big ways and small.
For RAKit week, Carmen Dickman, who will be fired shortly, saw an opportunity and challenged me to jump in support of the families of the fallen police officers in Dallas.
I want to create a Crowdrise campaign with a goal of $10,000 that will be donated to ATO (Assist the Officer) in Dallas. ATO specializes in helping the families of officers injured while on duty. Between our fundraisers and the swift sellouts of the KCCO Thin Blue Line, theCHIVE has rallied in a major way for Dallas, but In this nano-attention span world, we’re often prone to supporting a charity after a tragedy and moving on.
That's not what we do at theCHIVE, we don’t forget. We have follow through. We’re here to send a message to the law enforcement community that we back you and your families 100% – not just in the days and weeks that follow a tragedy, but all the way. When we help, we go all in. No singles and doubles here, we park it in the upper deck.
If you don’t quite manage to hit the goal, don’t get down on yourselves! I’m sure if we raise $8,000 or $9,000 I’d be happy to donate the remainder of the balance myself and put off skydiving for another time, that time being never.
If we do hit or exceed the goal, Carmen and I will be taking a camera crew to Skydive San Marcus to skydive this Friday at 11am. We’ll post photos and a video of a side of me few have seen. But I’m told I’m pretty funny when I’m absolutely petrified.
Lastly, if there are any police officers in the Dallas or Austin area who would like to join me and jump for free, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are three open slots available on the aluminum can in the sky and I’d be honored to spend my last day on earth hurling toward the ground with you.