"An experience of a lifetime at the end of my life," Haywood said

By Alexandra Zaslow
March 17, 2015 02:55 PM

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Georgina Haywood celebrated her 100th birthday the only way she knew how.

To mark the occasion, the great-grandma from South Africa went skydiving in Cape Town on Saturday, followed by shark diving on Monday.

“It was wonderful, it was exhilarating,” Haywood, who turned 100 on March 10, told ABC News.

By skydiving, she was able to raise money to buy lifejackets for volunteers at South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute, according to the International Business Times.

“An experience of a lifetime at the end of my life,” Haywood told the publication.

This wasn’t the first time she’d jumped out of a plane, either. Haywood had tried it in 2007 to mark her 92nd birthday.

“I was much more conscious of everything this time because I had an idea of what I was doing,” Haywood told ABC News. “It was wonderful to watch what was going on below me.”

And what exactly was below? When Haywood reached the ground, she was greeted by her community as they sang “Happy Birthday” – and offered her a glass of Champagne.

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