Opus CEO skydives to raise money for charity
On Saturday 15th October, Darren Ryemill, CEO of Opus Professional Services Group, took flight as he threw himself out of a plane at 13,000 feet to raise money for charity.
Ryemill put himself up for the challenge to help raise money for the OPERA Global Youth Foundation. The company says the 60 seconds of freefall put the entrepreneur to the test in Dubai.
As a founding pioneer of the newly established foundation, Ryemill put himself forward for the challenge to raise money and help young people get back into training, education and employment.
Ryemill explained, “I wanted to do a skydive last year when the OPERA Global Youth Foundation was initially set up but I was too heavy. I then set myself the challenge to lose the weight and make the jump for my 40th birthday. I had to lose 16kg (2.5st) in order to take part so there was a double sense of achievement when I made the landing.
“It wasn’t until the day of the skydive that I thought about it and got a lot more nervous ahead of the jump, but the dive itself was incredible. It was easily the biggest rush of adrenaline I’ve ever had and all for a great cause!”
The plane took 15 minutes to reach the jump height, with Ryemill falling for 60 seconds from 13,000 to 5,000 feet before the parachute opened, landing him safely back to Earth. The company says that the skydive has increased the amount it has raised for charity to £2,700 (with Gift Aid), which includes the amount raised from its Tough Mudder challenge.