July 15th 8am to July 16th 8am - 24hr event
Ticket sales closed June 30.
From the peak of Castle Hill to the bottom and back continuously for 24HRS. Breaking down the stigma attached to Suicide and Mental Health in our community!
2017 Sole Beneficiary Charity: The Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship.
The Fellowship was established in the honor of Bishop Michael Putney, a bishop of the Catholic Diocese in Townsville from 2001 until his passing in March 2014.
Bishop Putney was an incredible man who was recognized not just locally in North Queensland, but also Nationally and Internationally for his dedication to all social issues surrounding our community and in particular, our youth. The BMP Fellowship is committed to continue Bishop Putney's work in this area.
The Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship's current project is "United against Youth Suicide in Rugby League".
Thank you to our sponsors:
-Telstra Stores Townsville
- Mass Nutrition
- ONBUNDOCK, Options For Well Being
ONBUNDOCK, Options for Well Being, is a Townsville based counselling and consultancy practice that provides quality individual, group and organisational services. The services are offered by our qualified team members who are either registered psychologists or accredited social workers who support children, adults, couples, all the diversities of relationships, families and groups through evidence based treatment, recovery and growth strategies.
CQUniversity Australia has one of the largest and fastest-growing footprints of any university in Australia. The uni's presence in Townsville continues to grow, with the now established Townsville campus and the opening of a new multi-million dollar campus building. CQUniversity has more than 30,000 students studying online and on-campus across Australia and its remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure, research impact and reputation has seen it emerge as one of Australia’s great universities.
- Northern Beaches State High School
- Otto's Fresh Food Market
- Jamaica Blue Castletown
Where to get help if you're struggling with your mental health
If you, or someone you know needs help you can contact the below support organisations:
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636 or you can chat online with the beyond blue support service every day from 3:00pm-12:00am
Frequently asked questions:
1. Where do we sleep/Sit?
All teams are situated in the TOP car park of Castle hill
2. How do we get to the top?
All teams are required to walk to the top of Castle hill, as the road is closed from Friday there are no cars permitted on Castle hill road. We suggest all teams start walking up the hill around 6.30AM -7:00AM in order to reach the peak & settling in their areas for a starting time of 8AM.
3. What can we bring? And how do we get it up the top?
Our suggestion is to bring along some very warm clothing, lots of socks, x2 pairs of runners, pillows, blankets, small swag & small esky if you wish to keep your own water or snacks + a really comfy camping chair, sunscreen, Torch or miners head lamp & mozzie spray. (Please note, this year there will be no seating or bedding supplied for the event, you will be required to bring along what you wish to sit on or sleep on for the 24hrs) There will be x2 Shuttle trucks that will leave the Townsville Touch Field car park on Saturday morning at 7AM sharp, all team members are encouraged to make use of this service to get all their belonging to the top of the Hill. Please label all of your gear clearly as it will be placed in one spot and you will need to collect it upon arriving at the top of the hill. If you miss the shuttle all belongings you want to bring up with you will have to be walked up. Please keep in mind at the end of the event on Sunday morning any belongings that you put on the shuttle with you, you will have to carry down with you as there will be no shuttle service available one Sunday.
4. What not to bring?
Pop up shade structures, Alcohol, BBQ's, Gas camping ovens, candles.
5. Will there be shade?
Yes in the past we have struggled with getting the right amount of shade, but we promise this is something we work on each year and are sure we have got it right in 2017!!
6. Food & Drinks?
Yes, these are all available for purchase on top of the Hill, the entire event is catered by Otto's and they will have a list of the food allergies and requirements you put down when you registered. Jamaica Blue will also be there with all your Hot & Cold Beverages. These two stalls will have cash & eftpos facilities.
7. What do you get from us?
Each team will receive an event pack which will be ready for collection On Wednesday 12th July 2017 9AM - 12 NOON from Telstra Stores Townsville Stockland Store. In each pack you will receive, x10 Team shirts, x10 Water Bottles & x10 Event Hats.
On the day of the event we offer FREE bottled water & Fruit for the duration.
8. Start of the event, how will it work?
Our Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill will officially declare the event open at 8AM, where we will request all teams and their members walk 1 entire lap together. We will start this lap and official openings from the Food area out the front of the Hit 103.1 Shipping container. (You won’t be able to miss it when you reach the hill)
9. Are children allowed in our team?
Of course they are, but they must be counted as a member of the 10 and must always have a parent or guardian present with them. Anyone under the age of 18 must not walk the hill by themselves they must always walk with a parent or guardian.
10. Indemnity forms? Will we have to line up like last year?
No you won’t! Hooray!! These forms will be given to you with your event pack, get all your team members to sign them then bring them on the day with you and pop them in the indemnity form box out the front of the Hit 103.1 Shipping container.
11. Do all team members have to stay on top of the hill for 24hrs or can we swap and change people out?
No you are not required to stay on the hill for the full 24HRS however it is something that we encourage you to do if you can as it’s an amazing experience and all part of spreading the message and talking out about this subject. If you have team members that cannot stay due to other commitments and you wish to have another person fill their place please email Alix on the below email address and let her know the alternative people’s names so that she can supply you with enough indemnity forms to fill out. All we ask is that you only ever have 10 people on the top of the hill at any one time due to spacing restrictions & that 1 team member is always walking the hill.
12. First aid & Emergency Services
St Johns Ambulance will be on site at the top of the hill for the duration of the event, if you or any one of your team members requires medical attention please alert the St Johns Ambulance team immediate. If you cannot reach the St Johns Ambulance team locate one of the Event Staff and they will seek appropriate help for you. Emergency services personnel are on call for any serious medical emergencies as well.
13. Can we use the Goat Track?
NO this is out of bounds during the event, if something where to happen to you whilst walking the Goat Track it is extremely difficult to get to you quickly. There is also no lighting during the night making it very dangerous. Please ensure all your team members are aware that this area is out of bounds.
15. Alcohol & Cigarettes
Please keep in mind both these things are NO GO items during the event. No Alcohol under any circumstances are permitted past the Road Closure on Castle hill, if you are seen with Alcohol or under the influence of Alcohol you will be removed from the event and won’t be allowed to return. Smoking inside the event is also prohibited, if you are a smoker please only smoke outside of the Road Closure at the bottom of the hill.
16. Lighting along the road at night
We have done our very best to put lighting where we can but unfortunately due to safety reasons and Emergency Services requirements there are some parts of the road that we simply cannot having lighting on. We encourage all participants to bring along a torch or miners head lamp and to also walk in pairs at night if they don’t feel comfortable walking alone in the dark.
17. Water Stations
Again there will be 2 water stations set up along the road for you all to re hydrate during your walks up and down, we encourage you to bring along your event water bottles to refill as we only have a limited supply of cups & we also want to be kind to the environment and limit rubbish.
There is no designated event parking, we encourage all team members to try and carpool or get dropped off and picked up. If you do have to drive please ONLY park in outlined car parks in and around the Northward area. As this area is residential please be very aware of the local community and dont park any where that may affect someone who is coming and going from their homes. If you choose not to park in an allocated parking bay you run the risk of getting a fine or having your vehicle towed.
Further information please email: