About this event

We’re thrilled to announce that Kenny Escapes are joining forces with our local Illawarra Fire Fighters – Team Zulu, to help them fundraise for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) as part of their annual ‘Firies Climb for MND’ fundraising efforts to Find a Cure for MND.

ALL Profits of this tour will go to The Macquarie University Motor Neuron Research Centre.

Bring a group of friends along and join us for a fun day out as we visit some of the most stunning South Coast wineries.

Enjoy a day of sharing great food and local boutique wine while helping The Local Illawarra Firies – Team Zulu raise money for the Macquarie University MND Research Centre.

Visit the impressive South Coast Wineries on this Wine Tasting Tour which is only a 1-hour drive away from Wollongong.  The Shoalhaven Wine Region provides spectacular scenery, award-winning wines and a great day out exploring the local vineyards – plus, we’ll be raising money for MND!

On this very special fundraising South Coast Wineries Tour, your friendly driver will take you to visit three very different South Coast wineries which are chosen based on our local knowledge and over 11 years experience coordinating wine tours.

Throughout the day we will enjoy award-winning wines, incredible views plus sample cheese and local produce platters. You will hear from knowledgeable local wine experts and learn about what makes each South Coast Winery in the Shoalhaven Wine region so unique.

During your 3 wine tasting experiences, you will get the chance to try a variety of different South Coast wines, you’ll expand your palate by sampling some varieties you may not have even tried before.  You might even find a new favourite wine on the day and you will most certainly have fun trying!

Lunch will be served at a popular wineru restaurant and you will also enjoy a glass of local wine with lunch.

A little more about WHY the ‘Firies Climb for MND Fundraiser is so special…

For the past three years, Sarah Tobin and her local Illawarra team of firefighters have taken part in a huge physical challenge by climbing the iconic Sydney Tower (thats 1504 stairs, or 98 floors) whilst wearing 20kgs of firefighting gear in a bid to raise vital funds for the Motor Neurone Disease research team at Macquarie Uni.

The event began in 2015 and overall it has generated more than $1.3 million dollars in research funding and played a huge part in the progress of finding a treatment for this hideous disease – Wow! What an incredible achievement.

Team Zulu (from the Illawarra), were able to personally raise almost $38,000 in their 2017 fundraising campaign through many hours of hard-earned sweat and a successful High Tea event. For 2018, they want to mix it up and are looking forward to a fun day out wine tasting with their supporters – Us: You, me and the Illawarra Community.

Their efforts are driven by a very personal story, one that has touched many of us locals here in the Gong – the story of Justin Yerbury (featured on ABC’s Australian Story – The Enemy Within)

Justin is the brother of Naomi Cocksedge – a fellow Team member of the Illawarra Zulu Firefighters.

Naomi and Justin’s family has suffered more than anyone ever should, their challenge against MND is overwhelmingly heartbreaking, and Naomi’s family with the help of our much-loved local Firies are working really hard to Find a Cure for MND.  A cure that Naomi and her family desperately need.

We think our local Firies have done enough…. they’ve climbed enough stairs, fought fires, saved lives – now it’s our turn to help them in their honourable mission to raise much-needed funds for Motor Neuron Disease.  Lets really show them how incredible we think they are and get behind them on this in a BIG way!

So it’s a Fundraiser, it’s a Wine Tour and it’s a mission to find a Cure for MND.

Let’s go out for a fun day to the South Coast Wineries and help the Firies.  A full day out Wine Tasting and having fun fundraising – Will you Join Us?


This event is supported by:

Silos Estate

Cambewarra Estate

Coolangatta Estate

Cantys Bus Rentals 

Premier Illawarra

Event inclusions

  • One course lunch at a winery restaurant
  • Wine tasting at 3 different South Coast Wineries
  • Hear from experienced wine-makers
  • Tasting and entry fee's Included
  • Local cheese and produce platters
  • Glass of wine with lunch
  • Experienced and friendly driver
  • Raffle tickets for some great prizes to be drawn on the day

Event prices per person

  • $139.00 Per Person