SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — 74 people went over the edge today to raise funds to help fight child abuse in the Ozarks.
This is the 3rd annual Over the Edge event.
It’s a major fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center.
Each of the 74 rappellers had to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the organization.
Many raised more than $10,000 and there were those who raised more than $6,000.
They counted on donations from their communities and support systems.
The Child Advocacy Center partners with law enforcement to investigate child abuse and neglect.
The money helps fund forensic interviews and medical exams, and other social work.
Organizers say it costs about $1,000 to serve a child.
“I had to get up there and do it because our kids come in every day and tell their stories of abuse and so their going over the edge sometimes every day in their lives,” Linda Saturno, the organizer of this event, said. “So it’s just something we can do to say that we will face a little bit of our fear in honor of the children we are serving.”
Our very own morning anchor Lauren Barnas participated this year. There she is going over the edge to help combat child abuse and neglect.
In total, all rappellers today raised a little over $200,000.