‘Dangerous’ women skydive for a cause

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

BALDWIN, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than sixty local women jumped out of airplanes Saturday afternoon to celebrate their age and raise money for women who are victims of abuse.

It was for the second annual “Martini Jump Skydive” organized by the group Aging But Dangerous.

Susan Bates, the co-founder of Aging But Dangerous said the group’s mission is to get women outside their comfort zones.

“There are so many women in their 50s who are looking for that next thing to do and they are capable of doing amazingly great things,” Bates said.

Dozens of women took off from Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wis. and parachuted back to the same location for the event.

Many women said they took the jump to help overcome personal fears.

“To inspire women, to really take a leap of faith and jump past their fears and limitations,” said Aging But Dangerous skydiver Robin Mooney.

Bates said proceeds from the event will go to Cornerstone, an organization that helps abused women.

“Our segment of the population, 50 and over is the fastest growing segment of the population which is dealing with abuse,” Bates said.

Many of the women skydiving said they want to redefine the view of aging women as active and vibrant.

“People are living longer now and so they have a little more life in them,” said Aging But Dangerous skydiver Betty Ring.

Ann Bancroft, a world renowned polar explorer, took her first-ever skydiving jump at the event.

Bancroft claims to be the first known woman in history to trek to both the North and South Poles.

“I don't think our society is very gentle on the aging process, for men or women. So it’s an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and let loose a little. It’s contagious, so even the spectators get caught up in that spirit that is so strong if we allow it to blossom and open it up,” Bancroft said.

Organizers said their goal is to raise more than $1,000 for abused women.

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