Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked Drop Zone questions. If you can't find what you're looking for here, please contact us.
What is Drop Zone?
Drop Zone is one of our signature fundraising events in support of our programs and services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. It involves a 23-storey rappel from the top of Halifax's tallest downtown office tower at 1801 Hollis St (view map). It's fun and extremely exhilarating! Participants must raise a minimum of $1,500 to rappel. In 2018, Drop Zone will take place on Friday, September 21st.
Tell me about the $1,500 fundraising minimum and registration fee.
Individuals who rappel must raise a minimum of $1,500, and teams of two or more must raise $1,250 each. Upon registration, there is a registration fee of $20 to confirm your participation. This $20 fee can be applied to your $1,500 fundraising goal. Teams can share the over funds raised. If, say, your team raises $5,000, then four people can rappel. If it raises $2,500, then two people can rappel.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised go to our programs for Nova Scotians with disabilities. While Drop Zone is a national Easter Seals campaign with eight events taking place from Vancouver to Halifax, 100 percent of funds raised for Nova Scotia's Drop Zone remain in Nova Scotia. The money you raise enables us to keep our barrier-free summer Camp Tidnish physically and financially accessible to our campers, helps us provide affordable wheelchairs and mobility equipment, assists us with our inclusive sport programs, and supports our skills and workplace training services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. We help 2,700 people annually. Visit Easter Seals Nova Scotia's website, or read our 2016-17 Annual Report!
How do I learn to rappel? Will there be training?
Absolutely! This is the 15th year for Drop Zone Halifax. We work with a professional team from Tacten Industries who run the technical requirements of the rappel smoothly and professionally. Safety is of uppermost importance. The crew provides training to all participants before Drop Zone day, as well as a refresher on the day of the rappel. All essential equipment is provided. You are welcome to bring a go-pro that the Tacten crew will assist you to attach to your helmet.
How do I fundraise?
We have an online fundraising portal which makes fundraising efficient and easy to track. Once you have registered for Drop Zone and created your online profile, you can email and share your profile page link to your colleagues, friends and other networks. This is how many participants have raised money online in previous years. Many of our rappellers have successfully used social media such as Facebook to raise funds. We will also provide you with pledge sheets and an authorization letter to raise funds on behalf of Easter Seals Nova Scotia.
How can Easter Seals Nova Scotia help with my fundraising?
In the months ahead, we'll share fundraising tips and strategies with you. Many of our rappellers have held bake sales and barbeques, trivia or paint nights, and yard sales to raise funds for Drop Zone. Others have held pool or sports tournaments. We are more than happy to come speak to your colleagues or friends to share more information about Drop Zone and our work serving Nova Scotians with disabilities!