Scotland’s First Minister, the Rt Hon Jack McConnell MSP, has given his backing to Scotland’s fastest charity fundraising event of 2007 by pledging his support for the Booby Birds.

By February 28, 2007

Billed as 20 women x 10,000 ft x 360 seconds = £400,000, the Booby Birds will consist of 20 women taking part in a tandem skydive over St Andrews to raise £400,000 for breast cancer charities in Scotland.

With one woman every 3 hours being diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland and a harrowing rate of one woman dying of the disease every 7 hours, the incidence of breast cancer continues to grow as does the demand for services for women suffering from the disease. Each Booby Bird is committed to raising £20,000 for charity, some enlisting the help of Booby Buddies to support their fundraising efforts and endorse the campaign.

Commenting on the Booby Birds campaign, The Rt Hon Jack McConnell MSP said:

“The planned sky dive on 8th September 2007 is a great way to raise money for breast cancer charities. I wish Booby Birds every success in this imaginative fundraising initiative. They have my full support – and I wish them good luck!”

When Christine Tulloch was diagnosed with breast cancer at 53, her friend Tina Korup, struggled to come to terms with what her friend was feeling and wanted to be supportive as well as give practical help. The only way Tina could begin to image the feelings Christine was experiencing was to match it with her biggest fear, which was to jump out of an aeroplane. So, Tina decided to do just that and raise money in the process. From there, Booby Birds was born.

Christine Tulloch, the inspiration behind the Booby Birds who was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago, added:

“One of the great misconceptions is that there is a one-size fits all miracle cure for cancer, when each successful drug treatment is as complex as the individual that is being treated. Those living with breast cancer are constantly facing their fear.

It’s not something you just overcome, you need to work at it in order to live with it. But I have to take my hat of to the Booby Birds team for the way they have embraced the skydive challenge. Most of the women signed up have been touched by cancer in some way or another and it is thoroughly commendable the extent to which they wish to show their empathy and do what they can to support those facing this horrific disease.”

The Booby Birds team currently includes:-

• Tina Korup, founder of Booby Birds
• Irene Grant, Head of Corporate Banking, HSBC Scotland
• Clare Salmon, former Marketing Director for ITV
• Alison McGregor, Relationship Director, Barclay Business Banking,
• Karina McTeague, Head of Legal & Risk and Company Secretary for Lloyds TSB Scotland
• Elizabeth Baker, Partner Kidstons Solicitors
• Anna St Clair, founder of the Ceramic Experience
• Katrina Malone, director of The Learning Company
• Issy Warrack, Scottish businesswoman
• Sally Tyrrell, Investment Property Consultant, Cullen Property Ltd
• Jo Wisbey, Marketing Communications Manager, BP

The £400,000 total will be assigned to breast cancer charities through the respected Scottish Community Foundation (SCF), a unique charity that annually makes hundreds of grants to community groups and charities across Scotland. SCF will be responsible for holding the monies as it comes in and then its distribution post-event, under Booby Birds’ direction.

26th February 2007