Just announced! Abseil for Youth sponsored by AMP just won the Fundraising Institute Australia National Award for Excellence for Special Events.
Congratulations to all who took part.
Over 2 days, 140 daredevil fundraisers abseiled down the side of Sydney’s AMP building.
While Australia’s first skyscraper may not seem quite so tall these days, the 118m descent (that’s 26 floors) is still a challenge – just ask the participants.
Several celebrity ambassadors helped kick off the Abseil for Youth event each day, including King Kong, Caroline Pemberton (former Miss Australia), Sam de Brito (journalist), Rachel Corbett (radio presenter), Jonathan Pease (Australia’s Next Top Model), Stevie (Hi Five) and Harry Cook (Actor).
Our oldest participant, Marge Keeble concluded the fundraising event. This adventurous 81 year old led a family team covering 3 generations including her policewoman grand-daughter who also participated last year.
We would like to thank our major sponsor AMP and its staff for lending us their building and providing boundless support. This event could not happen without their help and very generous assistance.
We would also like to thank our mountaineering ambassador, Andrew Lock, the volunteers from the Royal Australian Navy and the Urban Descent Team. Their efforts ensure every participant makes a safe and fun descent.
Of course, it’s the participants’ desire for adventure and their work to raise funds that make the Abseil for Youth event so special.
But for many, the real heroes are the young people who have the courage to rebuild their shattered lives. All money raised goes to programs funded by Sir David Martin Foundation to assist youth to overcome mental health issues, addiction, homelessness and family breakdown.