What is the Cost?

Each 7 day rider is asked to pay a ride fee which covers the following:

  • All meals including breakfasts, lunches, snacks and (for the first time in 2021) dinners
  • Quality accommodation in either holiday parks or motels
  • Support vehicles and support team
  • Final presentation evening on the Friday night
  • 2x 2021 RFTC Ride Jerseys & a polo shirt.

TOTAL COST $900 pp + $500 fundraising minimum


Is Fundraising Compulsory?

Yes, fundraising is compulsory each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $500

See our fundraising tips page

Fundraising can be done via

  • Your own fundraising page
  • Selling or purchasing one of the sponsorship packages
  • A personal donation
  • Holding your own event
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Create your own polo shirt and sell logo positions to corporate companies
  • Come up with your own fundraising ideas!

Will the event go ahead in 2021 given current Covid19 restrictions?

YES. The Alive & Well on Farms Ride for the Chopper is being organised as if current restrictions will still be in place in September 2021.

How long has the Ride for the Chopper been going?

The 2021 Ride for the Chopper will be the 20th year that the event will be held.

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 and in good health.

Is a medical examination required before registering?

No, but it is recommended

Can I take participate in one or two days?

Weekend/Mid Ride & Fundraising options are available. For more information please contact Tamara O’Reilly on 02 6764 9400

Where do the funds raised go?

Every dollar you raise on the Alive & Well on Farms Ride for the Chopper 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 Alive & Well on Farms Ride for the Chopper 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

Click here to find out more about How your fundraising makes a difference

Can my Employer sponsor me to ride & if so what are the advantages of this to my Employer?

Yes, your employer can sponsor riders. You can find out more about 2021 Sponsorship Packages here

How do I log my kilometres?

You can log your training and ride kilometres via a fitness App (Fitbit, Strava, Mapmyfitness) or manually to let everyone know how far you’ve ridden!

For more information click here