TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE

Info for Walkers & Teams 

We are super excited to have you join Head Together’s Walk for Brain Injury this year, helping us raise money to support families and young people impacted by brain injury. Each member of the Heads Together community will benefit from your involvement in the event, as money raised will go directly to helping us grow and develop our programs, ensuring the services and support our community needs are available.

Meet some of the awesome Walkers who have already registered

Team Challenge

Want to see your Team here? Register your team to walk  Send us a photo of your team, Bio about the team and what hasView full post »

Team Summers

Our daughter has volunteered for Heads Together for the past 7 years. We love hearing about the amazing programs HeadsView full post »

Team 2017

Some comments from the Team of 2017 “I remember the highlight as we were approaching the end. As we stumbled intoView full post »

Kate

Founder and Managing Director of Heads Together, Kate started the “Walk” fundraising idea two years agoView full post »

Millie

Millie is one of our valued long time Volunteers at our Family Camps and has bravely taken on the challenge to walkView full post »

Marina

Getting involved with Heads Together has been THE BEST THING I have ever done. They provided so much love, laughter andView full post »

Your fundraising Challenge

Our target for the 2018 walk is $50,000. What is yours?

Set up your fundraising profile to let people know a bit more about you and/or your team, spread the word and get your friends, family and work colleagues to support you and your legs take on this challenge and achieve your fundraising target. Every small extra effort will make a real difference, adding the following information to your donation will help us get to know you a bit better.

Fundraising FAQ’s 

How do I set up my fundraising page

Log on to Mycause and set up your own fundraising page.  Here’s how

How much do I need to fundraise?

Walk Together for Brain Injury is primarily a fundraising initiative and we would love each individual walker to set and reach a fundraising target that they think is achievable (anything from $50 to $500 or more – it all helps). The registration fee of $30 covers the cost of putting on the event so anything raised in addition goes directly into supporting the Heads Together community. Although fundraising is not compulsory, we hope that you accept the challenge and with our support and the support of your community, you can reach your fundraising target.

What are some fundraising ideas?

There are lots of ways you can fundraise.  Have a look at these ideas

Where does my fundraising money go?

Heads Together for ABI is the organiser of Walk Together for Brain Injury and 100% of your funds raised will go towards delivering Heads Together programs and supporting families and young people impacted by brain injuries.  Read some of their stories

Registration fees aim to cover the cost of the event including, but not limited to: insurances, logistics, council fees and event management. That way every dollar raised through donations will go to support the Heads Together community.

Please note the Mycause platform charges a 5% fee per donation. If you are receiving &/or making a larger donation or wish to avoid this fee, let us know and donate directly via our website and we can include this total in your target.

The Walk FAQ’S

How long is the Walk?

There are 3 distances you can choose to walk; 50km, 30km or you can join the 3.5 km Walkathon – Read more about the Walkathon here.  You will be required to select your distance when you register.  Detailed map of the course is available here.

How long does the Walk take?

Your walk time will vary depending on the distance you choose to walk and your level of fitness. The full 50km walk takes on average 10 to 11 hours which includes rest breaks and lunch. There will be a cut off time of 6pm. If walkers are still on the course after this time and their support crew will be asked to give them a lift back to the finish line.  If you’re doing the 30km you should be back at Cherry Lake for lunch around 12.30pm.

What training should I do for the Walk?

We are very excited that you have decided to take on the challenge and Walk Together for Brain Injury. Whether your regular exercise is walking to the train stop or sweating it out in the gym, we recommend taking some time to consider how you can prepare your body for this challenge. Give your body a chance to build up endurance, gradually getting stronger and fitter to prevent injury in the lead up to the walk &/or during the walk.

Heads Together are no experts when it comes to your health and training for the walk and recommend you seek professional and medical advice before undertaking any training program.

Heads Together for ABI is not responsible and cannot be held liable for any injury sustained while training for, or taking part in the Walk Together for Brain Injury.

There are some great online resources that might be worth checking out. We are not recommending any specific programs but have seen some training guides for varying abilities on the Oxfam website.

Can I transfer my entry or obtain a refund?

Entry fees are non-transferable and non-refundable for non-starters and non-finishers as per the event’s terms and conditions agreed to at the time of registration.

On the Day FAQ’s

What is the start time?

Start time for the 30km and 50km is 7am.  Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before  to complete check in, collect your t-shirt and participate in pre-walk briefing.  The Walkathon starts at 10.30am.

How do I get to and from the Walk?

Cherry Lake is located in inner western Melbourne, not far from the West Gate Bridge. Cherry Lake can be accessed by car from Millers Road.  There is plenty of parking including 6 disabled parking bays.  If coming by train, Altona Railway Station is a 20 minute walk (See map).  To plan your journey by public transport visit https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/journey.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

What to wear Checklist

  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Sports top / t-shirt
  • Long sleeved shirt to protect you against the sun
  • Two pairs of thick socks
  • Well-fitting walking shoes or trainers
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

What to bring Checklist

(there will be water, snacks and first aid provided at the rest stops along the track however we recommend you also bring your own)

  • Water bottle or bladder backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Snacks, fruit and nut bars, bananas etc.
  • Small quick dry towel
  • Wet wipes
  • First aid kit: plasters, bandages, paracetamol, blister treatment kit, scissors, Vaseline, safety pins etc.
  • Spare shoelaces

What can I expect to find at the start and finish line?

Cherry Lake will be our base for the day.  It’s here that your family and friends can relax and be on hand to wave you off,  support you if needed and cheer you home.  There will be food and drinks and activities happening all day.  Read more about the day

How do I collect my t-shirt?


Your t-shirt will be available for collection on the day when you check-in at Cherry Lake.

Can I register to walk on the day?

No, there will be no event day registration. You can register for the walk here. Registration closes on 31 March 2018.

What is along the course?

Rest Stops will be located along the 30km and 50km walk approximately every 8km and will provide basic first aid, water, fruit and a bit of fun. For more info check out The Walk.

Do I need to bring my own food?

Food and drink are not supplied as part of the walk other than small snacks and water at each Rest Stop. You &/or your support crew will need to carry the food and drink you require for the day. There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks to purchase at Cherry Lake and you can top up your drink bottles from public taps at Cheery Lake during your midday lunch stop. We recommend bringing a support crew to meet you at points along the walk so you don’t have to carry too much in your back pack.

Will medical support be available along the course?

There will be basic first aid offered at each rest station.  Bike Support crews will follow the track and be in touch with the Event Coordinator via walkie talkie and mobile phone.  If you are feeling unwell or see a fellow participant in distress please let one of the Bike Support crew know.  In an emergency Support crew will call 000.

Is there an option to leave and collect clothing?

There are no storage facilities provided for the walk. Please ensure that your bag only contains what you need for the day. We recommend bringing a support crew to meet you at points along the walk so you don’t have to carry too much in your back pack.

Can I bring my dog?

Only certified guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs accompanied by handlers carrying a handler’s identity card are permitted to take part in our walk.

Can I ride my bike/scooter etc?

For the safety of all participants, spectators and the general public, we have a strictly no wheels policy (with the exception of wheelchairs, of course).  That means no bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.

 

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