What is Firies Climb for MND?
The Firies Climb for MND is an annual event where firefighters climb Sydney Tower Eye to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND) research at Macquarie University. Read more here.
Where and when is the Climb?
The Firies Climb for MND will take place at Sydney Tower Eye on Saturday 9 November.
I’m not a firefighter, can I climb?
The challenge is a closed event and open only to operational firefighters.
Do I have to bring my own SCBA?
All competitors can only wear the SCBA provided for them by the Event. You do not need to bring your own SCBA
I’m not BAO qualified, can I climb?
NSW Rural Fire Service only: Once you register, if you are not Breathing Apparatus Operator (BAO) qualified, the Agency Manager/RFS Liaison Officer will be in touch with you regarding the coordination of your BA medical and the issue of structural firefighting gear for the Climb. Both of these will be provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service at no charge to participants.
If your Agency can supply the necessary medical, structural firefighting gear and training for you to become a qualified breathing apparatus operator (BAO) then you are eligible to climb. Unfortunately for 2019, if your agency does not have breathing apparatus capabilities, you will be ineligible to climb.
Do I have to get a medical?
You must consult a doctor if you are aged over 35 to ensure you have the required fitness level to complete the climb. You may be required to submit a copy of your medical clearance, however, if this is the case you will be
contacted directly by a member of the organising committee prior to the climb.
When can I register?
Registration opens on 13 May 2019.
How much is registration?
Registration will initially cost $180. Registration and event costs will be covered by $80. The other $100 will be held as a temporary donation that you will be able to receive back as a rebate if you raise $500 or more. If a minimum of $500 isn’t reached the $100 will be put towards MND research as a donation.
What does my registration fee cover?
In addition to a great day out with your friends and family, your registration fee goes towards ensuring we can run a safe and successful event for climbers, non-climbers, MND patients and their families. It also includes your race bib (to be worn during the event), timing chip (affixed to the back of the race bib), fundraising collateral (posters,
stickers, bucket etc.) and a t-shirt.
How does the rebate work?
If you have raised at least $500 personally or have a team tally that totals $500 x number of team members by 9 October 2019, you will be sent an email in mid-October that invites you to claim your rebate back by due date. To ensure you receive the rebate you must:
- Enter your correct email address in the registration form
- Monitor your email inbox in mid-October
- Respond to the email by the due date outlined in the email.
Can I transfer my entry or obtain a refund?
No. We are unable to accommodate swapping of positions should you drop out of the climb, and as per previous years, no refunds of registration fees or donations (unless you meet the eligibility requirements of the donation rebate) are possible.
$1,504 sounds like a lot, how can I raise that much?
Yes, raising $1,504 is a challenge, but it’s a challenge you can conquer! AND, we’re here to help you do it. We’ll provide you with tips and tricks to help fundraise along the way and be sure to check out our fundraising page for extra help.
Reach out to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Be creative! Design a shirt to sell, host a BBQ at Bunnings or Coles, hold a bake sale or car wash – your only limit is your imagination.