Do you Dare? Help cure childhood cancer.  

Now in it’s fourth year, CEO Dare to Cure is Sydney’s newest CEO fundraising event. It’s a truly unmissable fundraiser with a difference 

Join leading CEOs and business leaders to take on a nerve-racking dare at the iconic Fleet Steps and at the same time, help cure childhood cancer.  

Some highlights from last year 

Professor Michelle Haber AM

About the Children’s Cancer Institute 

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer. Cancer kills more children than any other disease, so our research is critical. With the brightest brains, cutting-edge facilities, and the greatest determination, we will get the job done.   

Pie chart indicating how Children's Cancer Institute funds and donations are distributed

Where the money goes

Research & scientific activities to help cure childhood cancer

In 2019, 79 cents of every dollar spent within the institute was spent directly on dedicated research to help cure childhood cancer.

Fundraising activities to generate donations and increase funding

Core support services and infrastructure cost, vital to keep the institute running

The Dares 

Choose one of the dares from the line-up below!

Ice bath for CEO Dare to Cure

1. Athlete's Ice Bath Challenge 

Can you brave the deep freeze? 

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2. Walking on Fire & Glass 

Hold your nerve for this double act

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3. The Brave Shave 

A hairy sacrifice - choose from your head, eyebrows or beard OR why not be brave and go The Mullet or even a Mohawk!

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4. Extreme Fitness Challenge 

Fitness legend and F45 Co-Founder Luke Istomin, will put you through your paces...compete as an individual or Corporate Team of 6!

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5. Snake Bath Challenge 

Dedication to doing the unimaginable 

6. The BIG Climb

Scared of heights? Compete with your peers to summit an extreme climbing wall in this daring competition.  

7. Walk the Plank off an 80 Storey Skyscraper - Extreme virtual reality

Can you face your fear of heights and walk the plank off the edge of a skyscraper 80 stories high? 

8. The Great Spider Challenge

Do you dare to face your fear of spiders? 

Frequently asked questions


What is Children's Cancer Institute's CEO Dare to Cure? 

CEO Dare to Cure is your chance to make an impact and help us cure childhood cancer. Take on a dare challenge to demonstrate your support for kids with cancer at our one-day special event on Tuesday 23rd November 2021. 

Where and what time is the event? 

The event will be held at the iconic Fleet Steps inside the beautiful Botanical Gardens overlooking the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. 

Please arrive at 6am for registration and check-in. The event will end at 9:30am.

What should my fundraising target be? 

Be ambitious. We are recommending a minimum pledge target of $5,000 for each participant however if you feel inspired, please feel free to increase this to whatever you aspire to. For each $2,600 raised, this is the equivalent of funding life-saving minimal residual disease testing for an Australian child at high chance of relapse from leukaemia.

Can I do more than one Dare? 

Due to numbers, each participant will be able to take on one dare only. 

Do I have to do one of the eight Dares on the website? 

Yes - if you would like to participate in the CEO Dare to Cure event on October 29 you will need to complete one of the eight pre-selected Dares. We have limited the selection of Dares to eight to ensure that the experience on the day is as good as it can be.

Do I have to attend the event or can I do the Dares at a different time? 

Yes - we require all participants to attend the event on October 29 rather than completing Dares at different times. 

Who can register for Dare to Cure? 

CEO Dare to Cure is open to CEOs and business leaders (C Suite and Heads of Department) who dare to help cure childhood cancer. 

Can I invite a colleague, peer or friend to participate? 

Yes - you can invite a colleague, peer or friend if they area business leader and are also going to fundraise for the event. As this is a fundraising event unfortunately we will not accept participants who haven’t fundraised.

What happens once I register? 

Once you register you will receive an automated email confirming your registration. A few days later a personal email will be sent from the CEO Dare to Cure team with more information on what you can expect in the run up to the event.

During registration you were prompted to add a photo OR inspiring text, if you skipped this step, please update your profile page by clicking “log in” located at the top of the homepage to start fundraising.

Can I register on someone's behalf? 

Yes, as long as you complete all of the required fields the participant does not need to personally complete the registration process.

How do I donate to an individual? 

Clicking the 'Donate' tab at the top right-hand side of the home page will take you to all of the fundraising pages. Simply search by first name or last name of the person you wish to support. 

How can I get in touch to find out more? 

Contact the CEO Dare to Cure team using our online contact form or call 0466321028

Event day - 23 November 2021

Where is the event venue? 

The venue is located at Fleet Steps at the Royal Botanic Garden- Google Maps link here. To view a map of the area – click here. 

Is there parking at the venue? 

Yes, there is on street parking on Mrs Macquarie's Road, 350m (five minute walk) from Fleet Steps. The parking is $8.50 p/h and unlimited and we have reserved sufficient spots for the day so you will have no trouble parking.

What time should I arrive? 

We recommend you arrive a little early at 6:00am for a 6:30am sharp start.

What should I bring? 

Clothing that is suitable for Dare activities! If you have selected the Athlete's Ice Bath Challenge we suggest you bring some board shorts, rash vest or t-shirt to get wet along with a towel and warm clothes to get changed into.

Will I be insured on the day? 

Children's Cancer Institute has standard insurance required for the conduct of its fundraising events, and the providers of the individual Dares have appropriate insurance for their activities. As stated in the Terms & Conditions, Children's Cancer Institute will not insure you individually or your employer specifically in relation to any aspect of the event including the Dares. It is recommended that any necessary personal insurance is taken out to cover your participation prior to the event. 

Can I bring friends and family to the event to spectate? 

We will assess whether the event will allow spectators closer to the event, depending on the COVID guidelines at that time.  

Will there be catering? 

Yes, there will be suitable refreshments available free of charge.

What facilities will be available on the day? 

There will be a marquee and changing tents. There won't be showers at the event due to the nature of the venue.


Can I continue to fundraise after the event? 

Absolutely, if the participant has not reached their goal the can continue to fundraise until they reach their target for up to eight weeks after the event. 

Share your success?

You have ‘Dared to Cure’ so make sure you celebrate your success by sharing photos with your peers and networks. Don’t forget to include #ceodaretocure & your personal fundraising link. This will encourage people to continue to support you after the event. 

How does corporate dollar matching work? 

Many companies have the ability to apply for corporate dollar matching after the event closes. Feel free to make enquiries prior to the day as to the status of your companies dollar match policy. You should be rewarded for your amazing efforts. 

What are your hashtags for social media sharing?

Our hashtag is #ceodaretocure. We encourage you to follow this and include this hashtag on any content you share on socials!