Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing is proud to announce that we are partnering with Rural Aid to host Dynoing for Drought Relief on Saturday, November 2nd. Rural Aid is a charity organisation that offers assistance to Australian farming families affected by drought.
The climbing competition will be hosted at our southside gym in Hume and is open to all who wish to compete. Entry is $15, and includes all gear hire. $5 of each comp entry will be donated, and area farming families who want to join in for a day of fun are welcome to do so for free.
In addition to donating a portion of competition entries, we will also host an online silent auction. If climbing isn’t your thing or you can’t make it, this will be a great way to contribute. If you know someone or a business that may be interested in donating services, merchandise, or vouchers to the auction (of if you have something to donate), please contact Faith Meckley at email@example.com.
Let us know if you’re coming on our Facebook event!
Can’t make it to the comp? Make a direct donation on our fundraising page!
Most of us are aware of the intensifying drought conditions gripping Australia, paired with the threat of rising summer temperatures and a lengthening bushfire season. Canberra’s neighbour, New South Wales, has been particularly hard hit. According to a recent report in the Canberra Times, 95% of NSW is experiencing drought. For some communities such as Dubbo, residents are now facing severe water restrictions.
An unfortunate side effect of these extreme conditions, beyond the easily-photographed physical evidence of scorched earth and starving livestock, is a massive toll on mental health. Australians living outside of urban centres experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sadly, suicide.
This is why we’re excited to support Rural Aid with this charity event. The organisation understands that this is a multifaceted issue and offers individualised help to farming communities. Some of their initiatives include donating fodder for livestock, replacing lost livestock, sending volunteer workers to assist with farm operations, bringing music education to children, and mental health counselling.
All are welcome to participate in the competition, including both experienced and new climbers. We will be using a “pumpfest” format, meaning that climbs will be assigned points based on their level of difficulty. At the end of the 3 hours, climbers will add up their top 5 climbs to determine their score.
We will have four categories available for participants to enter into: A (high-level climbers), B (mid-level climbers), C (beginners), and children under 10 years old. Please note: children under 10 can’t belay at our gyms. They will need someone older to assist them with belaying while they compete.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to fill out our online waiver before climbing.
We will provide a BBQ for all to enjoy once the comp finishes up. Spectators are welcome and encouraged.
Schedule of Events
- 9am – Registration
- 10am – Pumpfest begins
- 1pm – Podiums, BBQ served
- 2pm – Hume gym re-opens to the public
Please help us spread the word about the competition! Tag your social media posts during the comp with #climbCIRC and @RuralAid, and we will re-share onto our platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there to support a good cause and have some fun.