What's the "Climb High for AADI" event?
'Climb High For AADI' is an event taking place on the afternoon of the 30th April (last day of Autism Awareness Month).
It is an 'in-person' outdoor challenge, organised by Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, taking place at all 3 'ZipIt Forest Adventure' courses in Ireland (Cork, Dublin & Roscommon).
Tickets cost €35 per person and all participants are asked to aim to raise an additional €250 to support Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland's vital work.
The challenge is to complete the 3 toughest circuits on the ZipIt course (White, Blue & Red). The circuits are obstacle courses with a difference, they are above ground. The white circuit will take you as high as 10m, the Blue circuit as high as 15m, and the final Red circuit will take you a nerve-racking 20m above ground. Don't worry, safety harnesses will be provided and there will be plenty of other AADI participants and volunteers there to cheer you on!
This event is suitable for participants aged 15 years and older. Under 18's MUST have a parent/guardian's permission to enter and a supervising Adult MUST attend with them on the day. The supervising Adult does not have to enter/participate but they will need to be on the ground supervising their child along the course. Children younger than 15 will not be able to complete the full course, however, if you have a participant younger than 15 who is keen to enter please call Carla on 0864112123 to discuss.
Every participant will receive:
- An AADI T-Shirt to wear on the day and take home as a momento (you may wish to wear a jumper underneath if it's chilly!)
- A Completion Certificate
- 2x Digital photos provided via email (1x pic of you in action, 1x pic of you with your Certificate and one of our dogs at the finish)
- An information pack and sponsor card
- An amazing afternoon of thrills, fun, and adrenaline!
For more info, call Carla on 0864112123 or email Ivan on Ivan@aadi.ie
When is it taking place?
30th April 2022. 12noon - 5pm
You will be assigned one of the following start times:
12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00
and will have up to 3 hours to complete the course (includes a 45min safety briefing).
How do I raise money?
Entry fee is €35 per person. As part of the registration process you can set up a fundraising page on our website to share with your colleagues, friends and family, who can donate directly to you. Once registered, you will also receive an info pack including sponsorship card for offline donations.
Get your ticket (s) and set up your fundraising page by registering here
Where will the money my friends donate go?
All the money raised from this challenge by each of the participants will go towards training more dogs to be placed with a child with Autism. We are working on developing our puppy training programme so we can train and place more dogs each year. It costs €22,000 to train one dog and that dog provides a lifeline to each child and the family they are placed with.
How do I get my free t-shirt?
Participants will recieve their t-shirt on arrival on the day. We ask that where possible you wear the t-shirt whilst participating in the event. You may wish to wear a jumper underneath if it is chilly!
Is there a sponsorship card included in the info pack?
Yes there is! You can use this card to ask for support from your friends and family in person. If you’re worried about asking for sponsorship online you can always ask people to share your fundraising page (instead of asking them to donate) to help raise awareness for AADI. Please remember it is illegal to solicit members of the public, in a public space, or by going door-to-door for funds unless you have our permission AND a permit from An Garda Siochana. The sponsorship card is for use when collecting sponsorship funds from friends and family and it does not give you permission to solicit members of the public for sponsorship.
How much do I need to raise?
All participants are asked to aim to raise an additional €250 to support Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland's vital work.
When will I get my Info pack?
All info packs will be sent out within 3-5 working days of our receipt of your registration form. Please allow up to 7 working days to receive it. If you haven’t received it by then, please contact us and we’ll follow it up for you.
What is in the info pack?
- Full details on the event
- A sponsorship card with fundraising tips
- Your unique reference number
How do I get my raised funds to Autism Assistance Dogs?
Your donations recieved on your online fundraiser will automatically be sent to Autism Assistance Dogs.
If you have raised money via a sponsorship card the you can:
1. Donate raised funds online via our website www.aadi.ie
2. Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:
Reference: your name & unique reference no
Bank Name: BOI, Eastgate, Little Island, Cork
Account Name: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland
Account Number: 88834658
Sort Code: 90 97 08
3. Bring cash/cheques/postal orders with you on the day!
Please ensure all cheques/postal orders are made out to "Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland".
I have another question not answered here?
No problem, feel free to email: email@example.com
How do I apply to get an assistance dog for my child?
Applications for our Assistance Dog waiting list are closed for now. However, we would encourage you to sign up for our mailing list. To do so, please CLICK HERE and we will notify everyone when we are once again accepting applications.
If I fundraise enough, can I ‘buy’ an assistance dog?
No, we do not have dogs for sale at AADI. Sadly we don’t have the resources to supply dogs privately and our ethos is that we provide dogs without charge and without discrimination to those who meet our application requirements. Each application is taken on a case by case basis. (Provide link to mailing list sign-up where appropriate)
There are a group of us at my workplace that would to do the challenge together.
That's great. We love having teams that complete the challenge together.
You can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 083 012 95 49 for further info.
How high is the course?
From 1 to 20 metres
The Children’s Circuit (Green) starts off at approximately 1 - 2 metres from the ground and height gradually increases as you move through the Family Circuits (Orange and White) to finish around 15-20 metres off the ground (Blue and Red Circuits).
How long do I have at the course?
Up to three hours
Each participant has their harness for a maximum of 3 hours. You will complete the Safety Briefing and, as a guide, 3 circuits within the 3 hours. During busy periods circuits can take longer to complete. If you don’t wish to move on to the next circuit or you have a height/age restriction, then you have the option of repeating the earlier circuits.
If you prefer an experience with fewer people on the course it is recommended that you book the early slots because it is generally quieter.
Please be aware that the circuit starts will be closed at least an hour before closing the park, so if you are in towards the end of the day, check the circuit close times.
Maximum Weight is 120kg.
The maximum waist measurement of the harness is 110cm (43 inches).
The maximum expansion of the leg loops, which you step into and tighten around the top of the thigh, measure 70 cm (27 inches).
If you have any concerns we advise that you visit a course prior to your booking and speak to a member of the Zipit team.
Each circuit has its own minimum age and height restrictions. Our challenge is to complete the 3 toughest circuits on the ZipIt course (White, Blue & Red), where:
Minimum Age is 15 years.
Minimum Height is 1m.
I have a pacemaker/ICD
Our parks use a safety system which involves the use of magnets. Magnets may interfere with the operation of pacemakers and ICD’s.
We recommend that you check with your doctor before making your booking.
What if I'm pregnant?
Unfortunately, due to safety risk, anyone who is pregnant is unable to participate.
Is there parking on-site?
Yes, at all sites
In Zipit Tibradden, parking is free on-site.
In Zipit Lough Key, there is a €4 Coillte charge for the car park that is a 5 minute walk from Zipit. It can only be paid in contactless, coins or tokens from Lough Key Activity Centre.
In Zipit Farran, there is a €5 Coillte charge for the car park. It can only be paid with credit/debit card. No option for cash.
Is there a cafe?
Covid update 1/3/21: Subject to Government guidelines, some facilities may not be fully open.
Lough Key Forest Park has a Lakeside cafe only a 5 minute walk from Zipit. From the cabin we sell water, Lucozade, crisps and a couple of chocolate snacks in case you are low on energy!!
Zipit Tibradden and Zipit Farran offer hot and cold drinks, crisps and a selection of chocolate snacks.
There is a small decking area at all parks, with a few tables and chairs and you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. There are also picnic benches around the parks. We do not have any indoor facilities or a fully-covered area.
What happens if it's raining?
If it rains ...
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing"- Sir Rannulph Fiennes
If it’s raining, you might get wet, but this is Ireland and we never let a bit of rain stop us from having fun! The tree canopy offers protection from the elements. You’ll be having so much fun that you probably won’t even notice!
Only high winds or extreme conditions will close the site and the tree canopy offers protection from the elements.
Our cancellation/re-schedule policy is 48 hours, so please check the weather forecast ahead of time- Harnesses are reserved so we cannot refund on the day.
Is it safe in the rain?
If it wasn’t safe the course wouldn’t open. Rain does not affect the safety of the courses, or equipment.
Do children under 18 need a Supervisor?
All children under 18 must be supervised by an adult, either participating or on the ground. We do ask that all supervisors attend and listen to the Safety Briefing. Adults supervising more than one child must keep all children within their view, and on the same circuit. Unsupervised children will be taken down from the circuit, without refund.
- No harness = no charge. There is no fee for supervisors who remain on the ground.