Soar to Support 2023
What better way to support the MND Association of Western Australia than to climb one of the state's most iconic bridges and soar down the zipline over the Swan River!
Gather your friends and family to join us for this inaugural event and make a difference to the lives of those with MND.
Date: Saturday 11 March 2023
Options: There will be three Zip & Climb sessions (max 10 people per session). There will also be one Climb Only (max 18 people) for anyone not prepared to Zip down.
Session Times: Climbs between 4pm and 6pm (you will be allocated a timeslot two weeks prior to the event)
Location: Matagarup Bridge (near Optus Stadium)
Soar to Support Participant Guide.pdf
These Perth profiles are ready to zip and climb for MND.
Hannah Beazley MLA
Aside from being a proud Patron of MNDAWA, Hannah has been the Member for Victoria Park since being elected at the 2021 State Election. Since being elected to Parliament, Hannah has been the member of three Standing Committees and holds the position of Secretary of the State Parliamentary Labor Party.
Prior to being elected, Hannah was a communications professional with over 20 years of experience. She has also held senior communications and governance roles in the education sector for almost a decade and was the speech writer and senior policy advisor to two Western Australian Premiers.”.
I am excited to take part in Soar to Support and make a difference to the lives of West Australians living with MND.
Charity Business Partnership
Sarah is founder and owner of Our Ruby Girl in Como - a cafe, catering and coffee van business with a social mission. We are a sustainable cafe and employ a 50% ratio of staff living with disability.
One of our favourite regular customers was a man by the name of Ben Reilly who fought a 14 month battle with MND before passing away in 2021. We have supported MND fundraising and research efforts ever since and are proud to work with MND WA on a range of partnerships and events.
Sarah is particularly inspired by MND WA's mission to keep people in their homes for longer.
Prof Anthony Akkari
Head of Motor Neurone Diseases Genetics & Therapeutics Research, Perron Institute
Professor P. Anthony Akkari is the MND genetics and therapeutics: Head at the Perron Institute, and the Foundation Professor of Industrial Pharmacogenetics at Murdoch University. He has experience in research, clinical trials, pharmacogenetics, genetics and in the pharmaceutical industry brining a unique perspective to the local MND community as a scientific advisor.
While working in the neuromuscular disease space my father was diagnosed with MND and this has given me an ongoing passion for research into the genetics of MND.
The climb is a 2hr adrenaline experience where you and your team mates climb, shimmy, slide and squeeze through tight spaces to reach the SkyView – an open-air viewing platform 72 metres above the river. Once at the top you'll enjoy breathtaking views over the Swan River.
Matagarup Zip + Climb will coordinate 4 climbs up the main arch of the Bridge between 4pm and 6pm, with a maximum of 10 participants per climb. This climb is not for the faint-hearted with the average gradient of the climb at 45 degrees! Prior to climbing, you will undertake a safety induction and be fitted with a full-body harness, helmet and a bridge latch device with a tether to ensure your safety at all times.
Descend the bridge down the city side of the main arch to the 35m high launch platform and prepare for an adrenaline rush. Your guide will safely prepare you for launch, before you take off and feel the thrill as you soar through the sky riding the 400m zipline back down at up to 75km/hr. You will be brought in for a safe landing on the eastern banks of the Swan River where your family and friends can gather to watch.
Zip & Climb: $99
Bridge Climb Only: $79
Individual prices. Applicable for adults and children over 8 years.
- 2 hr adrenaline experience
- Free photos of your experience
- 70 metre high SkyView deck (fully enclosed with glass floor)
- 400 metre long zipline ride
- Amazing views of Greater Perth and Swan River
- Fun and informative commentary
- Catering and refreshments
- Certificate of Achievement
Spectators: Spectators are welcome to the event for free and catering is included but we please ask that you register your spectators to help us with planning and catering for the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with numbers.
Each participant must raise a minimum of $600 each to climb.
Motor Neurone Disease WA relies on the generous support of fundraisers in the community to continue to provide vital support for people living with MND in Western Australia.
Please note, the minimum fundraising requirement of $600 must be met by Friday 3 March to be eligible to participate in the bridge climb.
Every dollar raised from the event will go towards our specialised care and support services for people living with MND, their carers and families. This includes our MND Advisory Service providing care coordination and emotional support, together with our support groups, equipment, patient transport service and specialised funding. A contribution from all our fundraising efforts also gets donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia to support researchers in finding a cause, effective treatment and cure for MND.
Before registering for this event please read the disclaimer.