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Taz  (D 27874)

Sep 26, 2008, 7:59 AM
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It's nearly a year since we lost the man most skydivers knew as tonto. The last weekend in October at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club (JSC), we will remember and celebrate his life at the First Annual tonto Boogie.

tonto (D515) was one of South Africa's most accomplished contributors to the sport. Come out and celebrate his life with us at our home DZ.

Where: Johannesburg Skydiving Club, http://www.jsc.co.za
When: 24-26 October 2008
Events: Wingsuit competitions and high-end demo suits. Flock organizing. First flight courses for beginners - learn how to fly! Tracking competition. CRW. Freefly. FS. Atmonauti. Load organisers from all disciplines will be there.

We are working on making night jumps happen Friday night, including night wingsuiting!

Aircraft: PAC 750XL

Party Saturday night with live band!

For more on tonto's life - I have written a tribute for the Toggle Times PASA newsletter. You can find it, with photos, by clicking on the Toggle Times link (under "New Developments") on the right hand side of

http://www.para.co.za

Or, without photos here:

http://docs.google.com/...gdpmcpv2m_27d695tb73

We look forward to seeing you there!
-Taya


Skwrl  (C 36419)

Sep 26, 2008, 8:09 AM
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I won't be able to make it, but I'm sure it will be really great event to honor a guy who put a tremendous amout of effort into educating new (and not so new) skydivers.

Is there any way that dropzoners can donate to the event? Any sort of memorial fund or anything like that?


karlm

Sep 26, 2008, 8:25 AM
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T

I wish I could make it, and I will be there in spirit Smile

Light, Love & Happiness
Karl


Taz  (D 27874)

Sep 26, 2008, 8:42 AM
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Those who would like to contribute can do so through my PayPal account, tayaweiss@gmail.com. I'm currently in the US but headed to South Africa in a few weeks and would be happy to keep everyone updated. tonto was very involved in charitable activities in our community and I'm talking with the JSC Committee about how best to establish something appropriate related to this event - maybe an emergency fund for the JSC packers. (tonto's last charitable contribution was to deposit R500 to help one of the packers with funeral expenses for his wife).

Many skydivers contributed to the Silindile Trust soon after t died, which he and I had established to help one little girl in a township near us to go to a school for the deaf. http://www.dropzone.com/..._reply;so=ASC;mh=25;

That effort, and a special letter by a skydiver and friend in SA led to a radio station in Johannesburg (Highveld) granting a Christmas Wish to me in December - corporate sponsorship by a company called Aon, which is covering Silindile's school fees now.

Skydiver contributions enabled the entire family to eat healthy meals this year, and we are now working on finding them a better place to live. So I can promise that anything anyone wants to contribute will end up making a big difference in South Africa.

I wish everyone could beam over for this, but I know it's a long way from North America!! Smile

-T


JohnRich  (D License)

Sep 26, 2008, 8:51 AM
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In reply to:
For more on tonto's life - I have written a tribute for the Toggle Times PASA newsletter. You can find it, with photos, by clicking on the Toggle Times link (under "New Developments") on the right hand side of http://www.para.co.za

Geez, that was a beautiful tribute. You've got me crying like a baby.


RkyMtnHigh  (D 29121)

Sep 27, 2008, 3:29 AM
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Your writeup is beautiful! Such amazing memories captured. Thanks for sharing it.


jtval  (D 26340)

Sep 27, 2008, 1:52 PM
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Do you mind giving me a more direct link? I can find anything.


Andy9o8  (D License)

Sep 27, 2008, 2:06 PM
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http://www.pasamembers.co.za/...eric_stephenson.html


Taz  (D 27874)

Sep 27, 2008, 2:30 PM
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Thank you!! I didn't know how to do that... Blush

-T


Beverly  (D 802)

Sep 27, 2008, 3:01 PM
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Hey T,

Will be there. Have some things I want to do over the weekend too, will chat on mail..
Lots of love
Bev


jtval  (D 26340)

Sep 27, 2008, 4:23 PM
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Very amazing article.UnsureSmileUnsure


gainer  (D 800)

Sep 28, 2008, 8:39 AM
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I will/ will not/ will/ will not/ thinking/ aaaaaah allright, I'll be there :-)


asolomon

Sep 29, 2008, 3:47 AM
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It feels like yesterday...

Of course will be there. No question.

Taya, can we do a jump together?
Agnieszka


Taz  (D 27874)

Sep 29, 2008, 5:49 AM
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Hi Agnieszka, So glad you will be there. I think it will be a beautiful weekend, and of course we can jump together - I'll be in the sky as much as possible!


agent_lead  (D 29342)

Oct 1, 2008, 9:47 PM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
For more on tonto's life - I have written a tribute for the Toggle Times PASA newsletter. You can find it, with photos, by clicking on the Toggle Times link (under "New Developments") on the right hand side of http://www.para.co.za

Geez, that was a beautiful tribute. You've got me crying like a baby.

co-signed..



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