Swindon’s highline champion Jake Hirsch-Holland is planning a spectacular project to raise money for a second trip to Nicaragua to travel with Performers Without Borders to work with poor and vulnerable children – as well visiting Swindon’s twin town Ocotal.
He has permission to rig a highline across two of the towers supporting the former Renault building – now Spectrum – which received listed building status from English Heritage in September.
Jake and several highliners will be doing their walks 20 metres above the ground on Saturday 26 October, 12noon to 5pm.
Visitors are asked to park on Rivermead Drive, off Mead Way in West Swindon.
This epic urban highline in Swindon, on the award winning Spectrum Building, will be rigged and walked by myself and a team of some of the UK’s best highliners.
I am using this stunt to raise money for my part in Performers Without Borders’ (PWB) next project in Nicaragua where a group of seven of us will be teaching performing arts to vulnerable children. See PWB’s website for more information about the amazing work they do in countries of high child poverty.
This will be my second project with PWB, after spending 3 months in Nicaragua at the beginning of this year – see left.
Watch our video about one of the three months we spent there.
Nobody is being paid for this stunt. We are not paying the building, they are not paying us; and most importantly, everyone on the crew is offering their time and expertise completely for free to help me raise money so I can join PWB’s tour. Without fundraising I will not be able to afford this trip. The money raised here and through cash donations at events will pay for my travel, accommodation, and food. Any extra money raised will simply help to make PWB’s projects more effective!
The work that PWB and its volunteers do is invaluable. Besides the smiles on the children’s faces, PWB’s work has some amazing outcomes that are an important part of any child’s life but are simply not always a given for the children we work with.
Here’s a bit about PWB’s vision: "Performers Without Borders (PWB) works towards giving vulnerable children the opportunity to explore their potential. We understand that, through teaching performance skills an individual’s learning,creativity and team working skills are developed.
"Further, it helps to build confidence, develop empowerment and overcome social barriers. PWB’s methodology of following the tradition of travelling show, and the principle of fostering long-term relationships, is ideal in not only engaging children, but also ensuring community trust in the project."
I NEED YOU!
Any donation you can make, small or large, will really help me get back to Nicaragua and work with these children again. You can also help by spreading the word!
Share this page on your Facebook walls, email it to friends, print out the details and stick it on community notice boards (for real people passing by). Anything you can do to help would be hugely appreciated! On my own I am poor and helpless, with YOU I can perhaps change some children’s lives!
Below, Jake in Nicaragua doing a village show with