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Brave step for toddler is a giant leap for man in thong
4:00pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
HE’S pulled a truck and even played tiddlywinks in his trademark thong to raise money for sick children.
But now “Thong Ranger” Clifford Oakes is to take on his greatest near-naked challenge – leaping from China’s Macau Tower.
The dad-of-two will make the 233-metre bungee jump – the world’s second highest – next month to help two-year-old Maizie Rose.
The Abingdon youngster has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting children.
Binman Mr Oakes said: “I’ve never done a bungee jump before but I’m not too nervous at the moment.
“I try to think of myself as a man of steel and I would like to raise thousands for this family if possible.
“If the clip of me jumping from the tower in a thong goes on YouTube it will be good publicity for the Thong Rangers.”
The Park Road, Didcot resident, 50, has raised more than £200,000 since forming the group in 2000.
Maizie was diagnosed in May and is receiving treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital. She had an operation last Wednesday to remove a tumour from her stomach.
Dad Phil Rose, 35, married to Emily, said the youngster is “running around the house” with sister Morgan, 11.
He said: “I think it’s incredible that Clifford is going to jump off the tower for us. The Thong Rangers approached us to ask if they could do anything to help after they saw another fundraiser for Maizie at a car boot sale.
“Any money raised for us will go towards looking after Maizie now and in the future.
“We would like to support research into this condition.”
Mr Oakes added that he hopes to raise “a couple of thousand pounds” and already has £150 sponsorship from both SCS Construction and Primefit Windows Didcot. The Thong Rangers and Rangerettes collect cash in buckets and have become a familiar sight seeking donations in Didcot.
In July Val Prior and a team of volunteers launched the Changing Lives shop in Broadway, with proceeds going to Thong Rangers’ causes.
- For information, or to donate, visit thongrangers.co.uk
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