Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
What is an “Over the Edge” event?
It is a once-in-a-lifetime rappelling experience that will benefit the Child Advocacy Center. On June 2, 2018, we are partnering with Canadian-based adventure company, “Over the Edge.”  Participants will fundraise in exchange for the opportunity to rappel the Sky Eleven building in downtown Springfield. Over the Edge handles the technical aspects of the event while the CAC manages all other aspects of the day, all to raise money on behalf of child abuse victims in southwest and south central Missouri. For more information about Over the Edge, visit the Over the Edge website.

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General

Where do I sign up?

Complete the online registration form “here” or print out the 2018 Application Form and mail or hand-deliver to the CAC. (Mail to CAC, 1033 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO 65806 or deliver to 1041 E. Walnut St.)

Are there any age restrictions for participating in Over the Edge 2019 – Springfield, MO?

Participants must be between 100 and 300 pounds.  Those under the age of 18 will have to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver at check-in.  Otherwise–ANYONE can go Over The Edge!

Are there weight restrictions?

Yes, participants must weigh between 110-300 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment.

Is there a fundraising requirement?

You must raise a minimum of $1,000, a very achievable goal! Simply read the “Fundraising Tool Kit” page on this site. (Note: your rappel spot is not confirmed until you have raised $1,000.)

Do I need rappelling experience to participate?

No! Over the Edge professionals will guide you through every step of your rappel experience. No prior training or experience is necessary.

How many people can participate in this event?

There are 90 rappelling spots – and every spot WILL sell out!

How long does the whole experience take?

From rappel check-in to rappel landing, the rappelling experience will last approximately 1 hour.  1st check  in at Rappel registration table, stop at the locker station and confidently leave valuables in a tamper proof bag, proceed to the staging area and to be fitted for your gear, then you will be escorted to the rooftop for safety training before your actual rappel. At the end of your rappel you will be in the landing zone and be escorted back inside to the staging area to remove your gear.   Feel free to come early and stay after you rappel to support fellow rappelers.

How do I know what time I get to rappel?

Once you raise the $1,000 minimum, our staff will contact you to select a specific check in time slot between 7 am and 4 pm on event day.  This is done on a first-come basis only. Now that you have selected your time slot… keep fundraising and having fun!  Last year the top rappeller raised over $13,000.

What happens if it is raining on event day?

The event normally can operate safely in the rain, however if rain, lightening or wind become extreme, the event will be delayed until the event personnel deems it safe. The OTE staff monitors the weather to keep everyone safe.

Event Day

I have never rappelled before; how will I know what to do?

No prior experience is required! You will have the opportunity to practice rappelling from a lesser height and be given instructions on how to use the equipment. This will give you a chance to hang in the harness, find a comfortable position and practice using the descender.

Will I need to bring any gear?

Over The Edge provides all gear. You will be wearing a full-body, industrial harness, using an industrial descender and wearing a pair of leather gloves and helmet.

What should I wear to rappel?

Hiking boots and tennis shoes work best.  Be sure you are wearing closed toed shoes, as no sandals, slip-ons, slippers, flip flops, high heels or steel-toed boots are allowed. OTE provides the helmets, harnesses and all the other rappelling equipment needed.  We encourage themed rappels, however if you are not doing a themed rappel we would like to encourage you to show your support for the Child Advocacy by wearing your OTE event shirt which will be available at a scheduled packet pick up prior to the event or available for pick up at the event.  All pockets must be empty and loose items must be put away before you are fitted into your gear (i.e. no cell phones, money or wallets in your pockets).You are welcome to leave these items at the Rappel Locker Room as mentioned above. It is best to avoid anything too bulky and tie back long hair.

Can I bring my phone or camera with me?

Sorry, you will have to check all loose items like keys, cell phones and cameras with a staff member near check-in. If you wear glasses you need to use some type of retainer to keep them from falling.

Can friends or family take pictures of me from the roof?

Sorry again! The roof is a “Restricted Access” area. Only participants and approved staff are allowed. The CAC will have an event photographer on the roof taking pictures of you going over the side while friends and family watch you rappel and take photos from the safety of our Viewing Area. (Be sure to share your experience on social media with the hashtag #OTE4CAC.)

Is there anything I can do to prepare for this experience?

The most common complaint from participants is that their forearms got sore during the descent. The squeezing motion required isn’t hard, but over time it can get tiring. Proper technique and switching arms makes a lot of difference, but exercising with a squeeze ball leading up to the event can minimize the discomfort.

Can I bring my friends and family to the event?

YES – please do.  Bring your own cheering team:  your supporters, family and friends.  Only rappellers are allowed inside the Sky Eleven building.   Rappel supporters are provided seating in the viewing area to cheer for their rappellers.

Can I use a GoPro camera during my rappel?

You will not be allowed to bring a personal GoPro to the event.  Your supporters, family and friends can record your experience from the Viewing Zone.  We always encourage people to raise more than the $1,000 minimum, if you raise at least $1,500, we will provide you with a GoPro camera that is safely mounted on your helmet by the OTE team.  As soon as you land, we will give you the memory card that has your rappel recorded on it.

Fundraising

How will the CAC use the funds I’m raising?

You are raising money to support our services to abused, neglected, drug-endangered and exploited children in southwest and south central Missouri. We “put the needs of the child first in an investigation for abuse” (our mission.) The children we serve have faced more fear and trauma in their young lives than you will face looking over the edge of the Sky Eleven building. Despite their fears, they find the courage to share their difficult stories in the comfort and safety of our child-friendly center – and take that first brave step towards a life without abuse.

I have no fundraising experience; can you help me?

Absolutely! Check out the “Fundraising Tool Kit” area of this website or call the CAC for a copy of our “Fundraising Tool Kit” brochure — both are filled with fundraising ideas. Our number one goal is to help you break down that intimidating, $1,000 into smaller amounts – that all add up.

Does the registration fee I pay when I sign up count towards my fundraising goal?

No, nor is it refundable. Your registration fee pays for your t-shirt and the many costs of hosting such a large event. This way, the funds YOU raise all go towards services to children.

Can someone write a check or donate cash towards my fundraising (rather than donate online)?

Yes! You will find an “Offline Donation Deposit Form” here. As people give you cash or checks (made out to Child Advocacy Center) you will need to register the amount and donor information on this form. Periodically then, you will need to turn in these donations with the completed form so we can acknowledge your donors.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all your donors’ gifts are tax-deductible. Your donors will receive an automatically-generated receipt for their gifts. Donations of $100 and higher qualify for a Missouri “Champion for Children” tax credit. We will send paperwork for this tax credit to your donors

What if I do not raise the entire $1,000?

We will provide encouragement, fundraising ideas and tips all along the way, we want everyone to be successful in reaching their goal.  There is also the option to put any remaining deficit on your credit card by submitting a completed Credit Card Security Deposit Form , if you want to get your rappel time secured.

If, for any reason, you do not raise the minimum $1,000, please understand that all registration fees and donations are non-refundable.  Donors will all be acknowledged for their tax deductible donation to the Child Advocacy Center.   All money raised for the Child Advocacy Center OTE fundraiser will help make a difference for the children we serve give children a voice again their abuse!

If I end up not being able to participate, what happens to the donations I raise?

All donations submitted to the Child Advocacy Center are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you are unable to participate in the event, your donations cannot be refunded, nor can they be transferred to another participant. Your donations will go directly to the CAC’s services to children as if you had participated. We hope your donors will appreciate supporting our mission, regardless of your participation in the actual event.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all your donors’ gifts are tax-deductible. Your donors will receive an automatically-generated receipt for their gifts. Donations of $100 and higher qualify for a Missouri “Champion for Children” tax credit. We will send paperwork for this tax credit to your donors.

Where do all the contributions go?

In 2018 the Child Advocacy Center partnered with law enforcement, Children’s Division, Juvenile Offices, mental health providers and other agencies to put the needs of 1,619 children first in investigations of abuse and neglect in the 16 counties we serve.  Your support helps give these children a voice, as well as access to medical and mental healthcare and social justice.

Safety

Is it safe to participate in this rappelling event?

This is the Child Advocacy Center’s 4th year to partner with Over The Edge, a rappelling company that adheres to strict State and National OSHA law with SPRAT and/or IRATA certified industrial rope access technicians.

Over The Edge sets up the roof as an industrial work site which meets and exceeds the highest safety standards. The ropes used are weighted for 4,500 pounds and you will have two of them supporting you. OTE’s certified technical experts also train fire fighters, police SWAT teams, window washers and recreational climbers. Safety is the top priority and Over The Edge takes pride in having zero incidents in all the events they have hosted.

More Questions?

Feel free to call The Child Advocacy Center at 417-831-2327 or email Kathy at:  kathy@childadvocacycenter.

Child Advocacy Center
1033 E. Walnut
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417-831-2327
Fax: 417-831-5122
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Child Advocacy Center South Central
411 Garfield St.
West Plains, MO 65775
Phone: 417-256-4445
Fax: 417-256-4464
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