A BURTON man with a fear of heights is set to fall from 13,000ft in support of Palestinian civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
It is not the first time that Sajid Rashid, of South Broadway Street, will have leapt from above the clouds, having already completed a skydive at the beginning of the year to raise funds to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in South East Asia. He had set out to raise £3,000 but smashed his target by almost £2,000 – and is hoping for a similar outcome again.
Sajid, who works at Rolls-Royce in Derby, openly admitted he was not looking forward to completing the skydive due to his phobia.
However, the 24-year-old said it was the perfect opportunity to 'kill two birds with one stone' by raising money and also continuing to try to overcome his fears. He will be reaching a terminal velocity of around 120mph.
He told the Mail: "I did my last skydive in the UK, but I'm doing this one in Dubai while I'm on holiday.
"Therefore the weather should be better, which might help – I don't know.
"I do quite a bit for charity and this is something that I care about. I've seen what is going on in Gaza and want to offer my support in whatever way I can."
Sajid is hoping to raise around £3,500 this time around, with the money being donated towards Islamic Relief, which was offering support on the ground in Gaza within 48 hours of the first air strike. So far he is well on his way, having already raised more than £800.
His skydive will also be filmed and he will be putting the footage onto DVDs at a later date so people can experience the freefall with him.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Sajid's fund-raising effort can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/skydive4palestine