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01 August 2017
Australian-first building-to-building charity zipline to raise $1 million

Registrations are  now open for 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, to be  held on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October this year, has been specially  developed to celebrate 25 years of the AMP Foundation supporting the community  and will help to raise at least $1 million for 15 outstanding Australian  charities.

AMP Foundation's 15  community partners will be the beneficiaries of the fundraising 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.

Only 200 places are  available for people to soar from 47-storeys above the city, with each  participant required to fundraise at least $5,000 for one of the 15 charities.

"We're aiming to  raise $1 million from this once-in-a-lifetime event, to celebrate AMP  Foundation's 25th anniversary. AMP Foundation is covering all event costs to  ensure every dollar raised goes directly to charity," said Helen Liondos, AMP  Foundation Manager. "It's a high fundraising target, but one we think reflects  the thrilling and unique opportunity this is."

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

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

Managing Director  of Urban Descent, Terry Hewett OAM, says this is the first time in Australia a  zipline has been done between two buildings with the specific purpose of  raising funds for charity.

"The two AMP  skyscrapers at Circular Quay are in an incredibly unique position. They are  directly aligned to each other and have one of the world's most spectacular  views, giving us the perfect opportunity to develop Australia's first  building-to-building charity zipline," said Mr Hewett.

Registrations for  The AMP Foundation Big Zipper are now open, however places are strictly  limited. Visit amp.com.au/bigzipper to find out more.

About  AMP Foundation

The AMP Foundation's goal is to help create a better tomorrow for everyone -  especially those facing challenges accessing education and employment opportunities. The AMP Foundation strives to achieve this in two ways. We help  people to help themselves by supporting non-profit organisations that give  disadvantaged Australians life-changing learning and work opportunities. We  also help people to help others. We support AMP employees and financial  advisers to share their time, skills and resources with those in need, and back amazing Australians doing great things in the community through our AMP Tomorrow Fund grants. In its  25-year operation, the AMP Foundation has donated more than $90 million for the  benefit of the Australian community.