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Rappelling business Over the Edge scales the heights of success

For the past eight years, Paul Griffith has been pushing people out of their comfort zone and Over the Edge. And he couldn't be happier.

Griffith and his highly skilled team run events where people rappel down tall buildings and raise money for charity.

His Halifax-based business has become so popular they've expanded to the U.S., and have now set a goal to raise 50 million dollars for non-profit organizations in the next 10 years.

"It makes it so much easier to go to work every day knowing you're making a difference. We're here to serve and do good things for others."

Growing up in P.E.I., Griffith was 10 when he asked his parents for new goalie pads. They told him they would only pay for half so Paul went to a local farm, purchased strawberries for 25 cents a box, loaded up his wagon and sold them to the neighbourhood for one dollar.

"After a week I had enough money for my goalie pads and I officially retired from my first business" he says with a laugh.

In the coming months, Griffith and his team will be travelling across Canada to stage at least 10 Over the Edge events, including one in Toronto in May. They are challenging people to rappel down City Hall in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"We've asked the corporate world to step outside of their comfort zone and go over the edge. When you look at the barriers people face through sickness or disease it's an easy thing to do."

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