What is the cost?

There is no cost for the Leaders Leap, however each leader is required to fundraise a minimum of $2500 for the Rescue Helicopter Service.

Who can participate?

Leaders can be from the corporate sector, sporting and community groups, hospitality or tourism leaders, media, emergency services or schools.

How do I register?

Fill out the expression of interest webform and our local Event Coordinator will be in touch to discuss your interest further. 

Please note an expression of interest is not an acceptance in to the event.


Is a medical examination required before registering?

No but is recommended – leaders will be asked if they have any medical conditions before they are accepted in to the challenge.

Who is the Leaders Leap activity run by?

We have partnered with NSW Mines Rescue Service (Coal Services) as the facilitators for the abseiling activity.

Coal Services is a Specialised Health and Safety Scheme that provides an integrated suite of services to help identify, assess, monitor and control many risks inherent in the NSW coal mining industry.

Their preventative and responsive services in the areas of workplace health and safety, workers compensation, emergency response and training help to deliver on our purpose, ‘to protect’.

Coal Services are owned by industry for industry, through the NSW Minerals Council and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU). Our purpose, vision and values are aligned to focus on the safety and health of our industry and its workers.

They provide their expert team and quality equipment as in-kind sponsorship of the event across the region.


Will there be a recording?

We will have photographers at the event to capture your Leaders Leap activity.

We encourage your support team to record your leap on the day as Go Pros are not permitted during the abseil PLUS the footage looks so much better from the ground up.

What if I do not raise my minimum fundraising amount?

We will support Leaders with their own fundraising page, tips and marketing collateral to assist with fundraising.

Reaching out to your personal and professional networks, hosting an event at your workplace or with your community or sporting group are great options to reach your fundraising target.

We will also send a list of leapers to local media to let them know who is Leading the challenge this year.

Personal posters and fliers are also available to spread the word.

What do I wear on the day?

What to wear:

  • Well-fitting pants and long sleeved shirt (nothing too baggy)
  • Joggers (rubber soled are best)
  • Long hair tied back
  • No Jewellery
  • No capes - if you wear a cape you need to tuck it in to your pants (not cool)

Helmets, harnesses and all equipment will be supplied by NSW Mines Rescue Service

Where do the funds raised go?

Every dollar you raise on the Leaders Leap contributes to keeping the Rescue Helicopter Service available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Our AW139 helicopters are flying intensive care units. They can carry two patients or a baby infant carrier.

It costs about $40 million a year to keep the helicopters and crews ready to respond when needed. 

Four AW139’s cover 1.5m people throughout Northern New South Wales, from the Hawkesbury to the Queensland border, making it one of the leading aeromedical services in Australia. 

The AW139’s cost $1,000 per hour in fuel, $1,000 per hour to run the engine, $1,500 for the airframe and for $500 avionics, that’s a total of $4,000 per hour. 

About $12 million of the cost is raised through sponsorships, Volunteer, Support Group activities, events like the Leaders Leap and partnerships with our community. 

The remainder is funded through contracts with NSW Health and NSW Ambulance.   

For more information about our service visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au

Any other questions?

Please email any questions to events@rescuehelicopter.com.au