Volunteers to rappel off Higher Education Building for local kids

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- How far would you be willing to go for a cause that meant a lot to you?
For some folks in Roanoke on Saturday, it will mean going over the edge of the higher education center for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia.

WDBJ7 was invited to see just what this commitment looks like during Friday's Media Day event. Leanna Scachetti volunteered to take the terrifying leap!

More than 50 people have already raised nearly $35,000 with this fundraiser for the organizations Big-Little program.

"And this is really kind of us putting our money where our mouth is," said Josh Thoemke, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia. "You know the folks in this community have been great over the past six years saying, you know, I'm willing to go over the edge of a building if it meant a child gets a better experience and gets to have a mentor."

You can watch them do what Leanna has doing all day Saturday.
In the six years of this event, Thoemke said participants have raised nearly $400,000.