Soaring high to conquer fears


Greenacre's Steph Tesoriero tries to conquer her fears ahead of a fundraiser which will see her soar on a zipline between two 47-storey towers at Circular Quay.

Story appeared in: Torch | August 22nd, 2017





AS a self-confessed acrophobic, Greenacre's Steph Tesoriero still questions her sanity after agreeing to take part in the Big Zipper charity fundraiser.
Steph has registered for an Australian-first, a building-to-building charity zipline, spanning the rooftops of AMP's two iconic skyscrapers at Sydney's Circular Quay.
"I'm petrified of heights, but I wanted to give back to a charity that helped me through some difficult times," the 28-year-old student said.
Steph was assisted by Wesley Mission after her diagnosis with the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, in 2012.
"I'm back on track now," she said.
"I'm better.
"But I want to raise as much as I can to say thank you to Wesley Mission.
"Hopefully participating in this will also help conquer my fear of heights."
The event, to be held on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, celebrates 25 years of the AMP Foundation, and will help raise at least $1 million for 15 Australian charities.
AMP Foundation's 15 community partners will be the beneficiaries of the fundraising including the Wesley Mission, which helped guide Steph through her eating disorder.
Only 200 places are available for people to soar from 47-storeys above the city, with each participant required to fundraise at least $5,000 for one of their chosen charities.
"Wesley Mission is an extraordinary organisation, helping the most vulnerable, from children and youth, to families and those faced with homelessness, mental health issues and addiction," she said.
Studying to be a youth worker, Steph is on the fundraising trail to make the required $5,000, and will be hosting a number of events over the next few weeks.
The University of Western Sydney student will stage a garage sale at her home, 8 Narelle Crescent, Greenacre, on September 10.
For further information: amp.goodcompany.org/au.



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