Going to great heights to help out

Published on August 12, 2014
Jillian Sexton poses with a Don’t Be Afraid poster in a photo she had taken with the Backstreet Boys in Support of the Don’t be Afraid Campaign. She’ll be participating with Scott Jones and others to raise money for people with disabilities by repelling off the tallest office building in Halifax in October. 

Jillian Sexton is willing to go to great heights to help those with disabilities.

Sexton has signed up to participate in a fundraising campaign that if she’s successful will end with her repelling off the tallest office building in Halifax in support of Nova Scotians with disabilities.

Sexton, who graduated from Northumberland Regional High School with Scott Jones, the man who was stabbed in downtown New Glasgow, became part of the Don’t Be Afraid Facebook group that was started by Jones and some friends as a way to spread a positive message after his attack.

Recently, she saw a post he had about this campaign through Easter Seals Nova Scotia. Jones is putting in a team and was looking for others to join him. Sexton knew immediately she’d love to be part of it.

“I thought it would be a fun and interesting way to help,” she said.

Although she’s never repelled before, she said she’s not afraid of heights.

“I’m actually not nervous at all. So far I’m just excited.”

She admits that may change when she reaches the top of the tower though.

The group that the money will be raised for is Easter Seals Nova Scotia, which will use the funding to support their programs that promote mobility, inclusion and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. These include a barrier-free summer camp, wheelchair provision programs, and sports such as sledge hockey.

Drop Zone, which is the repelling event, allows people to get the feel of what it’d be like to be a superhero and takes place in locations across Canada in support of Easter Seals organizations. Funds raised by Nova Scotian participants for the Halifax Drop Zone remain with programs and services here in Nova Scotia.

Participants are required to meet a minimum fundraising goal of $1,500 per location.

To raise money for the event, Sexton, who is the only participant aside from Jones, from Pictou County, has set up with the Golden Penny in Stellarton to allow people to drop off their refundable bottles and donate the money to her cause. People who would like to help her reach her personal goal of $2,500 can drop off bottles there until the end of September. She’ll also be holding a bottle drive on Aug. 23.

Those who want to make a monetary donation can go to www.thedropzone.ca/halifax and click on sponsor a hero. By typing Don’t Be Afraid or Sexton’s name they can make donations directly. People can also get in touch with Sexton directly by emailing sexton_jillian@hotmail.com or by phone at her work at 485-4362.

The official event will be held on Oct. 3.




1801 Hollis Street

Tallest office building in Halifax

Built in 1985

87 metres tall (285 feet)

22 stories