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 a local building. In Sioux Falls, Over the Edge crew handles the technical aspects of the event 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 nonprofit organization that serves nearly 500 mentoring relationships in the Sioux Falls community.
Is there a registration fee?
There is not a registration fee required for the 2017 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 (March 22 through July 27). 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 74 Edgers to rappel down the Raven Building.
We will provide you with all the support you need to reach your fundraising goal. This includes:
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 coworkers - near and far! When you register to go Over the Edge you will be prompted to create your own personal fundraising page. You can add a photo, change your page title and url, and add your own text to the page to help 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 sign up 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?
BBBS 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 issue your donors a receipt for their gifts. This receipt can 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?
BBBS Over the Edge
1108 N. West Ave., Ste. B
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
If you have questions about donations, please email Mateya at email@example.com
should i raise more money than the minimum?
how do i raise money?
We will help give you the tools to ask your friends, family, coworkers, and more! You are not alone in this journey to 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. Further to this, Over the Edge policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel 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 74 spots will be available during the Over the Edge event on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
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 down 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, but you must weigh between 110 and 300 pounds. This event is handicap accessible. Please email Mateya at firstname.lastname@example.org to alert her of your handicap needs.
Minors must have their waiver signed by a consenting parent or legal guardian at the event.
what should i wear when i rappel?
can i wear a costume?
We would love for you dress up to go Over the Edge! All costumes will need to meet the same standards as listed above "What should I wear when I rappel?" Capes will not be allowed due to safety regulations. If you have a question about what alterations your costume will need, please email Annamarie pictures of you wearing your costume prior to the event to email@example.com. We will check and offer suggestions for alterations, if need be.
can i wear my glasses?
If you want to wear glasses, you will need to use Croakies or some other eyewear retainers to keep them from falling.
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 can be provided for your descent if you reach the $1,500 fundraising goal.
We hope you will share your experience on social media outlets. Please use #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 parking lot of Raven Industries. 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 Annamarie Jakos to help get your organization involved!