Event University of Sydney Union's Verge Festival 2015
$4,628 raised
GOAL $100,000
86 donations
since Aug 2015

SURG FM is the University of Sydney’s student radio station. From 1pm October 13 through 2pm October 14 we will be hosting a 25-hour marathon charity broadcast to raise money for Headspace. Three presenters – Max Schintler, Alexandra Mildenhall and Alex Tighe – will bring you a non-stop, non-sleep radio bonanza, featuring celebrity interview, guest performances, live music, live parody music, interactive games and…

As we raise money and hit targets, we will attempt increasingly absurd live on-air challenges. If the challenge is for one person to do, we will use a spinner to decide which (un)lucky host performs the dare!



$50 - We all get temporary SURG tattoos (see also $100,000)
$100 - One of us emails a love letter to their tutor (in wingdings (with the last line explaining - in English - that it’s in wingdings))
$150 - One of us dyes their hair deep purple on air (playing ‘Smoke on the Water’ in the background)
$200 - One of us will wax an arm or leg (they choose the limb, we’re not monsters)
$250 - One of us takes a bite out of a raw onion, Tony Abbott style
$350 - One of us attempts to break the record for most marshmallows fit in mouth (44, apparently) while the other two tell them jokes
$500 - One of us calls the Ecuadorian Embassy to inquire about their long-term accommodation packages
$750 - One of us walks into the nearest lecture theatre at 9am on the morning of the 14th and delivers the lecture
$1,000 - AlexT will shave one eyebrow off
$1,250 - …he then has to glue the eyebrow to his upper lip as a moustache
$1,750 - One of us calls a receptionist and tries to convert them to our new religion
$2,000 - One of us completely wraps ourselves in newspaper and remains that way for an hour
$2,500 - One of calls a five star hotel and asks to book a room for the filming of the new documentary series “Sydney’s Worst Hotels”
$3,000 - One of us orders McDelivery of every single item on the menu
$4,000 - One of us calls ASIO and, using their real name, ask them for a job
$6,000 - Max and AlexM pierce their ears on air
$7,500 - Max and AlexM have a rap battle on air
$10,000 - We will pitch a fake story to the Daily Telegraph on air
$12,000 - One of us shaves half our head
$13,500 - The same person glues that hair to their face as a beard
$15,000 – LISTENERS’ CHOICE!!!
$17,500 - One of us makes a pact to name their first child ‘Batman’
$20,000 - Max will transmogrify into Donald Trump (comb over, blonde dye, orange spray-tan)
$25,000 - One of us calls a charter helicopter company and tries to book a flight from the Quad to Carslaw
$30,000 - We will hoist the SURG FM flag in place of the University flag at the Quad
$40,000 - We will call a skywriting company and convince them to write ‘SURG FM’ above the university
$50,000 - LISTENERS’ CHOICE!!!!
$60,000 - Two of us draft a Charlie Sheen-style resignation email for the other person and send it to their place of work
$70,000 - We all donate the clothes we’re currently wearing to King St. Vinnies
$80,000 - One of us will legally change our name to John “Eyebrows” Howard
$90,000 - After the broadcast, we all go to the airport and buy seats on the next domestic flight out of Sydney (out of our own pockets, of course)
$100,000 - We will all get permanent SURG tattoos

Tune in at literally any time of the day on October 13/14 to listen to the challenges play out live on-air at:

Thank-you for your support!

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$4,628 raised
GOAL $100,000
86 donations
since Aug 2015
Fundraising for
headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25 and their families across Australia through our network of centres and online via eheadspace. To find out more or to find your nearest centre, visit
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