Vince Harris’s relatively quiet life in the Peninsula Club in Whangaparāoa is fitting for a 90-year-old, but every now and then he likes to get the adrenalin pumping.
His most recent daredevil activity was the 192m SkyJump off Auckland’s Sky Tower, which he completed on his 90th birthday last week.
Although he bungee jumped off the Harbour Bridge a couple of years ago, he is especially pleased about his latest jump because he did it as a fundraiser for Starship Hospital.
The ex-Royal Marine’s connection with Starship began in 1990, when he worked in purchasing for the Auckland District Health Board. In this role, he bought much of the equipment and supplies that were used when the children’s hospital opened.
It has remained close to his heart, and instead of birthday presents this year he is asking people to donate to Starship by sponsoring his jump.
He is also supporting the Royal Marines Charity.
Vince enjoyed the jump, but says he’s reached much greater speeds when skydiving.
The Royal NZ Navy band showed up at Sky Tower to surprise Vince, who is a former band member and director – and played Happy Birthday when he landed.
As Hibiscus Matters goes to print, Vince has raised more than $1000. His Givealittle page is open until June 30 – www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/vertigo-vince
Seeking thrill seekers
Vince Harris would like to start a club of people aged 89-years-old and up, to get together and do adrenalin activities like bungee jumping, for charity. Anyone keen to take part can contact Vince by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org