GUILDFORD - Marco Pasqua was a “super hero” in his wheelchair during a fundraising event in Vancouver on Sept. 10.
The Surrey resident, born with cerebral palsy, was among those who rappelled down a 20-storey building as part of the annual Drop Zone event in support of Easter Seals programs and services.
Together, the 87 daredevils raised more than $176,000 for the charitable cause. Fellow Surreyite Ronda McLachlan collected $4,135 in donations, second among all Drop Zone participants.
Pasqua, 28, said he’s able to walk slightly, but chose to do the fundraising stunt in his wheelchair – for a second year in a row.
“That way, it’s more of a spectacle for those watching from below, seeing this guy in a chair saying, ‘Nothing is going to hold me back,’ and that’s the point,” Pasqua told the Now.
“Something like this is about going outside your comfort zone, and I actively seek out opportunities where I feel uncomfortable, because I know that I’m pushing myself in an area in which I wouldn’t otherwise go.”
The Surrey-raised Pasqua, who lives in the Guildford area, began seeking work as a motivational speaker with his own C.U.B.E. Principal company, or “Creatively Utilize your Best Energy,” four years ago, after he lost his job in the video game industry. In August, he won the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Surrey-based SEEDS organization (Self Employment & Entrepreneur Development Society).
On Sept. 10, Pasqua used his own arm strength to rappel down the AXA Place tower in about six minutes.
About 50 feet from the sidewalk, a tire on his chair snagged on a window sill.
“I was still strapped in, but I had to use my arm strength to push myself away from the building and pop my wheel off the ledge,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been good if I flipped myself upside-down, that’s for sure.”
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