Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford man, 90, to do 10th annual leap from plane

Nelson Drozdowich hopes to reach $100,000 goal for Cyrus Centre

An Abbotsford man will make his 10th annual jump out of a plane on Tuesday, July 28 to celebrate his 90th birthday and to try to raise another $10,000 for Cyrus Centre for at-risk youth.

Nelson Drozdowich has been participating in the centre’s Leap of Faith fundraiser every year since 2011 when he became concerned about the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the community.

Drozdowich was moved to become involved with Cyrus Centre because of their support of vulnerable youth before they become street-entrenched.

RELATED: Taking a Leap of Faith for Cyrus Centre

Leap of Faith, normally held at Skydive Vancouver in Abbotsford, involves people doing tandem skydives while raising money for Cyrus Centre.

Drozdowich has raised a total of $90,000 over the years and would like to reach $100,000 this year.

However, although Leap of Faith isn’t taking place this year due to COVID-19, Drozdowich will be jumping on his own.

To make a donation, visit cyruscentre.com/giving and add “Nelson” in the memo line.

Cyrus Centre has locations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack and provides services such as emergency shelter, meals, access to a youth worker, life-skills training, employment assistance and more.

RELATED: Video and slideshow: Leap of Faith skydiving event in Abbotsford

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