Fundraising questions

Event related questions

Why do I need to fundraise?

Your registration fee covers the cost of staging the Climb for Cancer event. This means that we really do rely on individuals like you to help raise much-needed funds for cancer research at Mater.

The funds you raise will help Mater continue their life changing research into cancer care. Cancer is not a disease that can be hit with just one hammer, the answer to successful treatment is understanding how different people react to different treatments and why. That is why funding research is so important, so Mater Research can continue to solve the puzzle to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

This year, Climb for Cancer has a $100 fundraising minimum that each climber is asked to commit to reaching by event day. Raising $100 is very achievable—many of our Climbers really rise to the challenge and raise far more than this each year. And because cancer effects so many people in our community, you will be surprised at the support you receive when you let people know about your fundraising efforts.

We are 100% committed to supporting you and your team in your fundraising efforts! Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned pro—we are here to help!

How will I raise $100?

You can get to $100 and we’re confident you’ll achieve so much more! Fundraising ideas are numerous – you can focus on one core strategy or try multiple ideas to reach your $100 fundraising minimum. If you raise your $100 fundraising minimum within one week of signing up to Climb For Cancer, we'll proudly feature your name on our very special honour wall. It's our way of saying thanks a million! We’re also here to help with any fundraising questions so please email us or give us a ring any time on 1800 440 155.

Can I collect cash donations and pay using my credit card?

Yes you can! You can make credit card payments either through your online fundraising page, by filling out the pledge card and returning it to us, or contacting us to pay over the phone. Updating your online fundraising page is definitely the best way to make this happen.

I’ve been given some cash donations. How do I get it to you?

Please bring all cash donations with you on event day and our lovely registration volunteers will happily collect them and add the funds to your online totals. Please ensure all cheques are made out to Mater Foundation. Or you can keep the funds and make a donation onto your personal fundraising page using your credit card.

If you have additional donations to drop off, please email climbforcancer@mater.org.au to make arrangements.

Can I get a receipt for a donation?

Of course! Any donation over $2 is tax deductible.

If someone makes a donation to your online fundraising page they will automatically receive an email receipt. If they give you a cash donation, please indicate on the sponsorship form along with their name and address details and we will send a receipt directly to your donor.

I want to approach businesses for prizes or donations—how do I prove that I’m authorised to raise funds for Climb for Cancer?

If you need an Authority to Fundraise letter to show local businesses, please email us and we will send one to you. This document is proof that you are an approved fundraiser.

Where do the funds go?

Funds raised will be used by Mater Research, a world class institute committed to discovering, developing and translating medical research for healthcare outcomes. Proud of its strong history and relationship with Mater, Mater Research continues to drive medical innovation which can be translated into clinical care for the benefit of all.

What if I don’t raise a minimum of $100 by event day?

If by event day you are a bit shy of the $100 minimum, our registration volunteers will invite you to make up the difference with a personal gift. We’ll have EFTPOS and cash facilities available. Should you be unable to contribute a personal gift, you will not be able to climb on the day. We understand you may have additional questions, so please feel free to reach out to our Climb for Cancer fundraising support team on 1800 440 155. We are happy to chat with you further about the incredible things you’re helping us accomplish!

Is Climb for Cancer virtual going ahead this year?

Unfortunately, the virtual event will not go ahead this year. This is to allow the Climb for Cancer team to focus on building and growing the event at Waterfront Place.

Participants who are outside of Brisbane or unable to attend the event at Waterfront Place are welcome to organise their own stair climb or stair-master challenge with friends. We have easy-to-use resources to assist you to organise a private stair climb event. Please let us know if you’re interested or would like to view these resources by calling us on 1800 440 155 or emailing climbforcancer@mater.org.au.

How does the climb work?

If you have registered as an individual, each climber will enter the stairwell one by one every 15-20 seconds.

If you have registered as a team, you will enter the stairwell together in groups of four people every 15-20 seconds.

Once in the stairwell, each climber is asked to adhere to the event rules (yes there is stairwell etiquette to make sure everyone has a safe climb!). This will be communicated on event day.

There are multiple floors that will be open for a rest/drink stop or if you would like to exit. Volunteers will be on these levels to assist you and cheer you on.

What happens once I’ve completed my climb?

From the top floor you will be guided by event marshals to the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular view over the river, have a drink of water and swap stories while you recover. Last but not least—it will be time for your commemorative rooftop finish photo—remember to smile and raise your arms triumphantly! Photos will be available post event, and we'll email you when they are ready for viewing online.

Enjoy a well-deserved elevator ride to the ground floor and celebrate your climb with family and friends. Plenty of entertainment and refreshments will be available post climb.

What time does my wave start?

Climb for Cancer is a morning event and the first wave starts at 7 am.


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Large Teams (7+ members)


Small Teams (2 to 6 members)


Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time to check in and collect your race kit (which includes your timing device).

When do I collect my race kit?

Race kits are collected from Race Check-in at the event on Sunday 9 June. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your wave start time to allow yourself plenty of time to collect your kit.

Where should I leave my bag?

No personal items are allowed in the stairwell. A Baggage check-in will operate on event day. Please only bring a small bag that contains only the essential items you will need.

Please note: all care but no responsibility will be taken for your belongings.

What do I wear to the event?

Active wear … what else? We suggest you wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We recommend something cool as it can get very heated in the stairwell. Appropriate closed-in running footwear is required.

Will there be water available in the stairwells?

Yes, there will be seven water stations situated throughout the stairwell during the race to ensure you stay hydrated. These floors will be clearly marked. Water will also be available on the ground floor and at the finish line on level 37.

*Please note, water bottles are not permitted in the stairwell.

Is there an age restriction?

YES. Participants must be at least 16 years of age by event day, Sunday 9 June 2019, to participate in the Climb for Cancer stair climb.

Please note, participants aged 16+ however not yet 18 will need to have their consent form and event waiver signed on the day by a parent/legal guardian.

How do I obtain my individual/team finish time?

An email with a link to timing results will be sent to all participants post-event. Timing results will also be published on the Climb For Cancer website post-event.

What not to forget!

For the asthma sufferers out there: Don't forget to take your puffer with you on the climb. Climbers have been known to need them by the halfway mark!

After running 37 floors you may get quite sweaty so bring a small sweat towel along if you think you will need it (or channel the 80’s and rock out with a sweat band!)

Will there be medical support available?

Yes, first aid staff will be available at the venue.

How long will it take me to reach the top?

That depends on your fitness level; some people will complete the course in less than 10 minutes, while others will take closer to 20 minutes

The most important thing is to take your time and go at a pace that works for you, also sticking to the right of the stairwell so you can use the stairwell railing for support and leverage.

Climbers overtaking should always do so to the left of the railing.

Can I sign up on the day?

No, unfortunately in 2019, we will not have event day registrations available. Therefore sign up now so you don’t miss out.

Can I decide on event day to climb multiple times?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate climbers who decide on event day they wish to conduct an additional climb. Please contact the Climb for Cancer team prior to Wednesday 23 May 2019 on 1800 440 155 to discuss.

What happens if I can't complete the climb?

Not a worry, our volunteers will be there to help you to the lifts and back down safely to the ground floor. Medical staff will also be on hand in the stairwell if you need assistance or first aid.

If you change your mind on event day, please see the registration desk and our friendly volunteers will be able to swap your entry with a friend/family member. Please note—no refunds are accepted on event day

What is the registration cut-off time?

Online registrations will close at 5 pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019, unless sold out first (this happened last year, so it’s best to get in early!) There is no cut off time for the actual climb; we will stay at the finish line and cheer you on for as long as it takes you to cross the line!

What is a wave start?

Not everyone can be in the stairwell at the same time—that would be more of a stampede than a stair climb! If you have registered as an individual, each climber will enter the stairwell one by one every 10 seconds. If you have registered as a team, you will enter the stairwell in groups of four every 15-20 seconds.

Can I select what time I want start the climb?

No. Category start times will be released a few weeks before event day. The first start time traditionally begins at 7 am. We’ll send everyone off in their categories, however you can line up in any order within your category. We just ask that runners head off towards the front of the group and walkers towards the back. On the day there will be clear instructions given so there’s no need to stress!

Our top individual and team fundraisers will also be given the honour of kick-starting their category!

How do I get to Waterfront Place?

Waterfront Place is located at: 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane City

Car: There is limited car-parking made available through Wilson Parking and Secure Parking around the event site.

We’re very lucky that often, great parking deals come our way—which we pass on to you and these will be posted online as soon as confirmed.

Rail: Waterfront Place is approximately a 10 minute walk from Central Station via Creek or Edward Streets. See www.translink.com.au for more information.

Bus: There are a number of bus stops within just a few blocks of Waterfront Place.

Council Bus stops: 90, 145.

Free Loop Bus stop: 98, 146, 153A, 155.

CityGlider stop: Central Stop 36 (on Creek St)

Ferry or CityCat: Both the Inner City and Cross River ferries are conveniently located next to Waterfront Place at the Eagle Street Pier terminal. The CityCat ferry terminal is a short 5 minute walk away. See www.brisbaneferries.com.au for more information.

Where are the 2018 race results?

Click here to see last year’s race results.

I’m worried about the conditions in the stairwell causing me to cough. Is there anything I can do?

“Track Hack” is the term used when vigorous exercise induces a cough. Vertical training athletes, runners, cycle sprint racers and hikers notice this condition frequently.

Most stair climbers assume that it is due to poor air quality in the stairwell, or there is excess dust, but this is not the case.

While the symptoms are not harmful, we understand they are a nuisance. To avoid track hack, ensure you’ve properly prepared using our training program, slow down to a manageable pace in the stairs, keep your throat lubricated with sips of water at each of the seven water stations and even consider use of a mask which will add humidity to the air you’re breathing in.

Removal of elite category

The elite category has been removed from this year’s event to allow us to expand the size of our waves for our participants who are very cause connected. While the elite category will be removed in its entirety from the registration platform – during the registration process we will ask registrants whether they identify as an “elite” to allow us to organise event day wave scheduling.

How do I get my race time?

Race times will be available here shortly after the event concludes on Sunday 9 June.