The Flying Project

$785 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 29 months
Imagine living without sight, a dark world, deprived of your senses. Or, imagine being differently abled, confined to a wheelchair with limited mobility. This loss of freedom is a harsh reality for many people, these confines agonizingly restrictive.

Now, Imagine finding a euphoric release that  could bring back long forgotten sensations and pure joy. Imagine being able to offer that.

That’s the basis that The Flying Project was built on. I’ve had the opportunity to watch it bloom from an idea; from the first exciting stages of planning, to slowly coming to form.

Beth Newell, The passionate founder of this project, is an Expressive Arts Therapist with a degree in Dance and sixteen years of experience in counselling therapy.

Beth has a background in Aerial Dance Performance. From her very first “in air” experience she was hooked- addicted to the freedom and sense of ability that came with flying. As generous and kind hearted as she is, her biggest hope was to one day open an aerial studio where she could offer the same beautiful experience to others. It wasn’t until she was in church and heard the line sung, “Help Me lift up the lame and weak” that she realized this dream could become something so much more powerful.

Her dream came to form. Circus bungees would be used to harness the participant in and raise them into the air.  This suspension is good for anything from relaxing buoyancy to expressive movements. I had the opportunity to experience the bungees and train in aerial safety with Karen Fuhrman, Director of Grounded Aerial Dance Company in New York, along with the rest of the diverse group of volunteers  from ages 13 to 73
We are  people with different hobbies, backgrounds and experience in this sort of thing. Now, we all have one thing in common - a passion and sense of momentum when it comes to making this project work. Whether Flying or witnessing the flight of another, this experience is truly something life changing. This project goes far beyond reopening a world of movement. It’s an emotional, binding experience for all those involved.


Beth has brought this project a long way, but now we need your help. It’s not a cheap process, but the end result is priceless. We’re trained, inspired and ready to help people fly. All that’s left is to set up the bungee system. The Good Sheperd Church in Lawrencetown, NS has donated their multi purpose room to serve as our air space. The next step is to have the structure soundly tested by an engineer,  the rigging itself has to be built, the gear - such as harnesses, the bungees themselves and the carabiners must be purchased and, finally, the space must be insured. The cost for all this reaches almost 10,000$. Any donation is helpful, as we’re excited to get this up and running so we can reach out as soon as possible. I also hope you will share our project, and a little piece of our passion. I hope this has touched you the way it has touched all of us involved and those we want it to speak to in the future.

Thank you,

Beth, Kayan and The Flying Project Team.

Eileen and Karen


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An article on the Flying Project will be coming out in September in the Eastern Shore Cooperator. We are hoping to have a fundraiser soon to raise the sport insurance we need ($2500), a 7ft. ladder, the pulley system to raise people into the bungees and mats. We have come far and the last lap seems to be the longest but we press onwards. We now have a website and a FB page in the making. A big thank you to the Flying Project volunteers!
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Well we are at the final financial hurdle-insurance. We now need to raise $2500 to cover the Flying Project for one year of work with people with disabilities through All Sport Insurance. We have come a long way but insurance must be in place.
Karen Fuhrman from Grounded Aerial Dance Company is coming on June 8 to help with the last harness and rigging details. Thursday evenings are booked at the church from 6-9pm for our flying. We have the first brave participant ready to go. Let's see how $2500 appears to make this all happen! Beth
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Things are MOVING ALONG with the Flying Project! The aerial rig from Jugglegear can be put up in 30 minutes and taken down in 20 minutes. I am currently exploring the different set up with the bungees and getting familiar with the harness from Adrenaline Dreams in New York. I have applied for a $300 bursary from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association which if we get will go towards the last financial hurdle of the cost of insurance. The first interested participant called me today and we will be meeting next month. She will be the first 'pilot' in this pilot project. We will FLY!
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The Flying Project has received a grant from the Eastern Shore Community Health Board and with these monies we have been able to purchase a mobile aerial rig from in Alberta. With the money from the GoFundMe kitty we have ordered a custom harness from Adrenaline Dreams in New York. Once this arrives we can set up the rig in the Muti-purpose room at Good Shepherd church in Lawrencetown and start getting familiar with the equipment before our project begins putting people with disabilities into the air. If you know some one who is disabled and would like be a part of our pilot project please contact Beth Newell through GoFundMe.
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Beth Newell
29 months ago

Thank you Kayan for your great work on setting up this GoFundMe site. Your enthusiasm and the joy of all the volunteers on this Flying Project will surely touch the lives of those who long to move in a way they could only have ever imagined.

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$785 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 29 months
Created July 13, 2016
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My friends took me to supper for my birthday and passed the envelope secretly. It was in memory of Sara. I have awesome friends.

Eileen Hartigan-Drohan
20 months ago

Amazing !!!

Dorette Pronk
25 months ago

I am looking forward to flying with those who may not walk so easily.

25 months ago

Good work, Kayan! We are proud of you!

Beth Newell
29 months ago

Thank you Kayan for your great work on setting up this GoFundMe site. Your enthusiasm and the joy of all the volunteers on this Flying Project will surely touch the lives of those who long to move in a way they could only have ever imagined.

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