What is it like?
This is not your typical rock climbing rappel event. You will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender to go down. You control your speed, to a certain extent. Should you go too fast, the back-up device will engage. Getting your weight off the roof and into the harness is the difficult part for most people. You will have an opportunity to practice your technique during training, and a technician will guide you through these steps. Once you are over the edge, you will have radio communication with your technician. Don't forget to stop and take in the beautiful view of downtown Sioux Falls!
what is over the edge?
Over the Edge is a Canada-based special events company that provides signature events for nonprofit organizations anywhere in North America. Participants are invited to raise pledges in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of going Over the Edge of the Raven Building in Sioux Falls. Over the Edge crew handles the technical aspects and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire recruits rappellers to participate in the event and raise money on their behalf.
For more information about Over the Edge USA, please visit. www.overtheedgeusa.com
Rappelling down the side of a building? really?
What does the event benefit?
Proceeds from Over the Edge benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, a non-profit organization that serves nearly 500 mentoring relationships in the Sioux Falls community.
Is there a registration fee?
There is no registration fee required for the 2018 Over the Edge event. However, to help start your fundraising campaign and to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, we suggest that you donate $50 to your own campaign.
How does it work?
To go Over the Edge, individual participants (Edgers) must raise a minimum of $1,000. "Toss Your Boss" groups must raise $1,000 minimum and if the boss chooses, he or she must raise an additional $1,000 to send another person Over the Edge in his/her place.
The majority of fundraising is done online through our donation portal, Join Me.
how do i secure a position to over the edge?
You must raise a minimum of $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire during the fundraising period (February 8, 2018 through July 26, 2018). It is a race to the ropes! Get your required $1,000 in as soon as possible to ensure that you will be one of the 92 Edgers to rappel the Raven Building.
We will provide you with all the support you need to reach your fundraising goal. This includes:
* This chance drawing does not apply to donations made specifically to a registered edger.
I WANT TO GO OVER THE EDGE. hOW DO i SECURE A SPOT?
There are several ways to go Over the Edge.
WHAT IF I DON'T RAISE THE MINIMUM $1,000?
To secure an opportunity to rappel, a minimum of $1,000 must be raised. Any money raised will be considered a 100% tax-deductible non-refundable donation.
HOW DO I FUNDRAISE?
Thanks to our online fundraising portal, Join Me, you can easily share your Over the Edge endeavor with friends, family and co-workers near and far! When you register to go Over the Edge, you will be prompted to create your own personal fundraising page. You may add a photo, change your page title and URL, and add your own text to the page to encourage your donors to support your Over the Edge efforts to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire.
Learn how to sign up with our guide here.
Be sure to check out our rappeller resources for additional fundraising resources.
We will provide you with all of the support you need to reach your fundraising goal. Once you are registered, we will work with you to go Over the Edge!
HOW CAN I RAISE MONEY FOR OVER THE EDGE?
1108 N. West Ave., Ste. B
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
are donations tax deductible?
Yes, online contributions and checks are tax deductible. Join Me will automatically send your donors a receipt which may be used as support for a tax deduction. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire will issue receipts to donors contributing by check. Cash donations will not be issued a receipt.
what if someone wants to donate with a check or cash?
If you have any questions, please e-mail Sandy at email@example.com.
should i raise more money than the minimum?
how do i raise money?
We will give you the tools to ask your friends, family, co-workers, and more! You are not alone in this journey to go Over the Edge!
do i get to practice before the big rappel?
Yes! You will have the opportunity to practice before your big rappel. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building.
who will be setting up the rappel gear? What are their qualifications?
All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire rely on the help of volunteers from local fire departments to assist with the ropes. All have extensive training in areas like rope rescue and/or are instructors in rope rescue or climbing.
is over the edge safe?
Absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. In addition, Over the Edge policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association). This council is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Works Compensation and state labor codes. To read more about safety, please visit the Over the Edge site.
How many people can rappel this year?
We are estimating that only 92 spots will be available during the Over the Edge event on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
It is a race to the ropes! Get your required $1,000 in as soon as possible to make sure that you will be one of the first to rappel the Raven Building.
do i need prior rappelling experience?
Absolutely no experience is necessary to rappel for this event. We provide all the training you need to go Over the Edge!
can anyone participate in rappelling? Minimum age?
Yes, any age may rappel but you must weigh between 100 and 300 pounds. This event is also open to individuals who have disabilities or special needs. A parent or legal guardian for individuals under the age of 18 must sign a waiver at the event. Please e-mail Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or specific needs.
what should i wear when i rappel?
Remember, you will be rappelling the side of a building.
can i wear a costume?
Costumes are allowed but are subject to the same limitations as baggy clothing. Every attempt will be made to safely fit costumes around harnesses and helmets. As with shorts, it is ultimately the decision of the Site Safety Supervisor. Stringy, loose, or excessive costumes must be avoided. Head pieces that will not accommodate a helmet, obscure the vision, or are notably large or heavy will rarely be allowed.
can i wear my glasses?
If you want to wear glasses, you will need to use something to fully secure them.
can i rappel with a camera/other valuables?
We constantly worry about objects being dropped over the side so personal cameras are prohibited. You won't have a free hand to take photos anyway.
We will have professional photographers on the roof and you will receive the image after the event.
If you are using a GoPro, it must be securely fastened to you to the satisfaction of the rappel staff. If you don't have access to a GoPro, one will be provided for your descent if you reach the $1,500 fundraising goal.
We hope you will share your experience on social media outlets by using #OTEforBBBS.
may my friends/family watch?
Absolutely - we would love for your friends and family to join us in the Landing Zone experience in the Raven Building parking lot. This Landing Zone will have a great view to take additional videos, photos, and stream live on Facebook.
Only registered Edgers are allowed in the staging areas and on the roof.
how can we "toss our boss"?
The best way is to have employees raise $1,000 to TOSS YOUR BOSS Over the Edge for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire.
We do have a stipulation: If your Boss decides they would rather match the $1,000, they have the option to send someone who helped raise money Over the Edge in their place. Contact Sandy at email@example.com to help get your organization involved!