Lou Smyrlis completes the Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope challenge

LONDON, Ont. — Truck News’s publisher and editorial director, Lou Smyrlis, rappelled off of  the 26-storey TD Tower in London, Ont., successfully completing Trucking For Wishes’s Rope for Hope event on June 17.

The event was in partnership with Make-A -Wish Southwestern Ontario, and all proceeds of the event go toward helping provide wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

“Rappelling 26 storeys off the TD Tower in London was a great way to push my envelope and raise awareness for a great cause, which is really the most important thing to remember,” Smyrlis said of his experience. “So many people in our industry – some of them very nervous of heights – were willing to do this and in doing so captured the imagination of donors across Canada. As a result we were able to help some very special kids and I am very proud to have been part of this of the amount of money raised.”

Those nominated for the event had to raise a minimum of $1,500 in personal or corporate donations in order to qualify to rappel.

Last year’s Truck News’s associate publisher Kathy Koras took the leap and also completed the challenge for charity. You can watch a video of her experience below.

Sonia Straface is the associate editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. She graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2013 and enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. Follow her on Twitter: @SoniaStraface.

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