Central Park plunge

Alex took the plunge!

On 3 September, Programmed business development manager Alex Gilchrist took the plunge and abseiled 220 metres down the Central Park building on St Georges Terrace in Perth.
But Alex, who we now know as Programmed’s resident daredevil didn’t just do the abseil for the thrill of it, he did it in the name of charity.

It was through our relationship with the Ronald McDonald House in Perth that Alex was presented with the opportunity in which he jumped at the chance.

Alex who volunteers for a number of organisations as well as participating in fundraising months says he gets a kick out of helping those in need.

“I work in the business development space, so volunteering in the communities where I work and live is an important part of how I operate,” said Alex.

“Not only do I get to work alongside some great organisations but I also get to meet great people along the way.
“The Central Park Plunge has definitely been the most adventurous charity feat I’ve done to date, it was pretty daunting up there, luckily the weather was perfect for it.”

It took Alex just over 30 minutes to abseil from top to bottom along with his crew made up of volunteers from other Perth-based companies.

More than 300 participants ‘took the plunge’ raising a grand total of $233,955 for the Ronald McDonald House Perth. 
When Alex isn’t out drumming up new business for the company you’ll find him volunteering for Careers Australia, Central Tafe and Uniting Care West.

About Ronald McDonald House Perth

Ronald McDonald House cares for regional WA families of seriously ill children who travel to Perth for their children’s medical treatment.

They can accommodated a total of 423 families - many of which stay for 6 months or more. Their mission is to continue to provide an exceptional Home Away From Home for regional WA families with seriously ill children.