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Rappelers scale down Hillyard Building for 3rd annual "Over the Edge" event

“It’s nervous until you get out the window. Once you get out there and start going down, the adrenaline kicks in,” said Todd Joe, Rappeler.

Posted: Oct 17, 2020 6:11 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 10:52 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Several St. Joseph residents had quite an exhilarating Saturday morning. 

Saturday was the 3rd annual "Over the Edge" fundraiser for Voices of Courage, a local children's advocacy center helping children recover from abuse and trauma. 

35 brave souls stepped off the ledge of the Hillyard Building in Downtown St. Joseph, hanging 100 feet in the air to raise money for the local non-profit. 

“It’s nervous until you get out the window. Once you get out there and start going down, the adrenaline kicks in,” said Todd Joe, Rappeler. 

Rappelers spent the morning training and gearing up to scale down the 8-story building, while spectators enjoyed food, drinks, games and raffles. 

"Over the Edge" rope technicians said once you've taken that first brave step, rappelers just can't wait to do it again. 

“Conquering that fear and facing it head on is an absolute blast. Once you’ve done it, people will want to go again and again,” said Mike Cowan, "Over the Edge" rope access technician. 

Voices of Courage said they raised around $43,000 from the single event. 

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A strong cold front has made its way into northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas bringing much cooler air and a lot of clouds across the area. Friday night and Saturday the cold air will continue to be in place with daytime highs only reaching into the 40's. As the weekend continues we will see increasing chances for rain and maybe some snow. A cold start to the beginning of next week with highs only in the 30's and 40's.
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