We’re pretty chuffed to have a real life hero at Birdman this year. Pilot James is a dedicated CFA volunteer and has turned to the trusty firetruck when looking for inspiration for his craft design. He’s a self-appointed senior cardboard and poly-adhesive technician so we think he’s got the goods to take his flight to unimaginable heights. Here's hoping his building skills will take him above and beyond.
Girl Guides Flying High
Prepare for the power of Girl Guides Victoria as they band together from all corners of the state to put their minds together to conquer the Birdman Rally. After hours of intense brainstorming, the team has created their craft and nominated Pilot Emily to take the wheel and bring their flying machine towards victory. Look out for a sea of blue as a massive Girl Guide support crew cheer her on.
Charity: Monash Children's Hospital
Pilot Dylan (aka Dingo Money) will be facing his fear of fish and water as he plunges into the depths of the Yarra River all in the name of a cause that's close to his heart. As a graphic designer by day, this brave pilot should have the skills to think of a nifty flying machine. Dylan reckons he'll definitely flop when he takes off for his inaugural flight, but will aim to at least be the slightest bit graceful.
Charity: Beyond Blue
Pilot Scott is back on the Birdman train making this his 14th year in this gravity-defying competition. With all his experience as a professional cardboard sculptor, Scott believes he’s nailed his building techniques for the Rally. This year, he's called on the gods to grant him a tonne of power and looked to the Greek legend Pegasus for inspiration behind his craft.
Charity: Make-A-Wish Australia.
Pilot Geri has sky-dived, scuba-dived, hiked for 100km and ran a marathon but she's never jumped into the Yarra. Now’s her chance to prove she’s the ultimate dare-devil as she dons his flying machine and makes the brave leap into the depths of our city’s mighty river. She's recruited the talents of Melbourne-based artist and sculptor Daniel Truscott to design and build her craft and will have a Flying Doctors themed cheer-squad to boost her efforts.
Charity: Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria
When 2018’s Moomba King, Jimmy Giggle became the first ever monarch to jump in the Birdman Rally, his dad, Mark was there cheering him on. One year on and Mark is making this a family tradition by jumping in the Birdman Rally himself. The competition between this father and son is heating up though, Mark is aiming to beat Jimmy’s fundraising efforts so (and we quote) “family bragging rights can be restored”.
Charity: Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise “Safe water for all Children"
Pilot Guy really is living up to his role as School Captain as he heroically gets behind the wheel of the Super Dog! craft in an attempt to fly over the Yarra. Along with his comrades at Frankston High School and the team at Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, this dedicated crew have been working tirelessly in class and their lunch breaks to design and construct their mighty flying machine.
Charity: Dogs for Kids with Disabilities
The Birdman Bucket
We’re intrigued to see what this team and Pilot Mel will come up with to give them an extra push in this year’s rally. Their craft will be built entirely of buckets and while they’ve thrown out the measuring tape, they’ve put their faith in their eagle eyes when it came to the build. They reckon they’ll fly a cool 3 meters and even if they’re not super confident at least they’ll have ticked something off their bucket list.
Charity: Starlight Children's Foundation
Up and Away
The folks from Team Diadem are back but are they better than ever? Pilot Todd is completely unfazed by the challenge as he gets set to leap off the platform and into the Yarra. Could this bravery be down to the fact that he’s an ex-pole vaulter? His team have put their design and manufacturing experience to good use and will create a craft to take them to new, potentially floppy, heights.
Charity: Property Industry Foundation
Team Whooppee made quite the splash for their debut Birdman jump last year, so we’re pretty stoked to see that they’re giving it another crack to raise even more funds for Beyond Blue. This year, Pilot Cathy and her trusty team of builders are using their theatre prop-building expertise to construct The Fighter – a sturdy contraption that they’re hoping will be more fly and less flop. Will she succeed or will she be full of hot air?
Charity: Beyond Blue