Zipline across iconic Circular Quay skyscrapers - The Daily Telegraph

19 October 2017

160 Australians, including 2016 X Factor Winner and 2017 Eurovision contestant Isaiah Firebrace and AFL hero Michael O’Loughlin, will take part in The AMP Foundation Big Zipper — an Australian-first, building-to-building charity zipline, spanning the rooftops of AMP’s two iconic skyscrapers at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

The event has been specially developed to celebrate 25 years of the AMP Foundation supporting the community and has already raised more than $900,000 for 15 outstanding Australian charities, with donations still coming through.

The AMP Big Zipper, a giant zip line between the rooftops of AMP's two iconic skyscrapers at Circular Quay. Participants will soar from AMP’s 188-metre-high 50 Bridge St building — the equivalent of almost two football pitches.

The AMP Foundation Big Zipper has a vertical drop of 75m and spans 125m between the two skyscrapers at a 45-degree angle. Participants will travel up to 10m per second, controlled by qualified roping instructors.

The two AMP skyscrapers at Circular Quay are in an incredibly unique position, directly aligned with each other and boasting one of the world’s most spectacular views.

The AMP Foundation Big Zipper has a vertical drop of 75m.

It’s the first time a building-to-building charity zipline has been done in Australia. 

“We’re thrilled to be putting on this special event to celebrate AMP Foundation’s 25th anniversary. During that time, we’ve donated over $90 million to the Australian community — a milestone definitely worth celebrating,” AMP Foundation Manager, Helen Liondos, said.

“This is the first time a building-to-building charity zipline has been done in Australia. We saw this as a unique and innovative way to both support the community and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants.

“We’ve raised over 900,000 for this event and expect many more donations to come through as the event draws to a close. The AMP Foundation is covering all event costs to ensure every dollar raised goes directly to charity.”

The event has raised over $900,000 for 15 charities. 

The zipline is being operated by Urban Descent, a leading adventure fundraising company with experience operating similar fundraising activities including abseils, bridge swings and other ziplines around Australia.

Each participant has committed to fundraising $5,000 for one of 15 AMP Foundation charity partners including: The Brotherhood of St Laurence; Cancer Council NSW; Clontarf Foundation; CREATE Foundation; Ganbina, Social Ventures Australia; The Funding Network Australia; First Australians Capital; Global Sisters; STREAT; The Conversation; The Stroke Association of Victoria; Vanguard Laundry Services; and Wesley Mission.

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