Having become the youngest person to complete a charity skydive in Ireland, 11 year old Aaron Tracey from Drumshanbo looked back on his adventures that saw him featured on Ryan Tubridy’s morning show and also on RTE 2 television.
The idea, as Aaron initially explained came from watching “I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here,” and from there he asked his parents if it would be possible to do a parachute jump.
Aaron asked his parents if he could do a skydive for a Christmas or birthday present and having looked into it, John and Lucia gave Aaron the green light for his fundraising to begin. It transpired the only criteria Aaron needed to meet was in terms of height and having been given the go ahead, to do the skydive, Aaron decided to fundraise for Aware. The generosity of friends, neighbours, family and local businesses helped Aaron raise a total in excess of €1,100. The cost of the jump was contributed by Aaron’s parents meaning that anything that was raised afterwards would go directly to charity.
In fact this wasn’t Aaron’s first fundraising success story as he helped ensure Daffodil Day was a huge success in Drumshanbo this year when €2,288 was raised in the town.
After making initial enquiries to Skydive Ireland in November of last year Aaron was informed jumps wouldn’t begin again until March, depending on weather.
As the day of the skydive in Birr drew ever closer, interest began to increase in Aaron’s story and he was invited to join Ryan Tubridy live on air for a chat. At the end of the interview it was agreed that Aaron would give a full update after the skydive was completed and so impressed was Ryan with Aaron’s story he agreed to join the Tracey family for a cup of tea in the RTE canteen when Aaron was in Dublin for his appearance on RTE 2.
Unfortunately as it transpired Ryan was in Mullingar for an outside broadcast on the day that Aaron visited the RTE studios but he still made time to catch up with Aaron as they enjoyed a chat in Mullingar.
Despite the large crowds that were present to catch a glimpse of the RTE star, Ryan was more than happy to spend 10 minutes talking to Aaron and Ryan had remembered Aaron talking about an upcoming play that he is involved in. In fact acting is something Aaron would like to pursue as a career when he is older.
To view Aaron’s skydive Click here
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.