FAQS

Here’s a list of our BRIGHT Walk frequently asked questions, so hopefully you’ll find the answer here. If you have any other queries, please contact us using this form, call 08 7077 2696 or email info@sahmribright.org.au. We’ll be happy to help!

THE BRIGHT WALK EVENT

The BRIGHT Walk is SAHMRI’s annual signature fundraising event where thousands of passionate supporters raise funds for lifesaving research to create a brighter, healthier future for all of us.

The BRIGHT Walk is on 23 July 2022.

The ticket price for the BRIGHT Walk will vary according to the date you sign up so book your place early to take advantage of our special discounts! The on-the-day ticket price will be $99.

The walking route is currently being kept secret, but we’ll share it before the walk starts and in plenty of time. What we can say is you’ll have amazing views of Adelaide and will get to see some incredible light installations that our team have put together illuminating the city.

The route map will be available to download online and to your smartphone before the event.

The course will be marked with arrows and will be super easy to follow. Please do not move away from the indicated path.

There are a number of simple ways to get involved:

The walk is held rain or shine – that’s part of the BRIGHT Walk Challenge!

We will operate regardless of weather conditions, except where the weather is deemed unsafe.

No, there is no required minimum fundraising goal in 2022. However, we are encouraging everyone to aim for a target of $500. If you reach your $500 target you will be sent a BRIGHT Walk shirt – so, go on, shoot for the stars!

The money you raise helps us develop pilot projects, leverage support from national funding bodies and gives a boost to early and mid-career researchers. 

We’re aiming to raise $500,000 so that our bright and brilliant researchers can; 

  • prevent and protect premature babies from having a lifetime of health problems
  • improve men’s quality of life by developing new prostate cancer treatments
  • work with aboriginal communities to give young people a healthier, happier future
  • help grandparents live longer by spotting dementia as early as possible

Your support goes towards:

  • providing seed funding for innovative new research projects
  • paying for clinical trials and community-based health programs
  • buying vital equipment and laboratory consumables and products
  • helping to test and develop new devices
  • employing highly skilled research and support staff to undertake lifesaving research

As soon as your fundraising total reaches each milestone we’ll notify you (by email) that you have secured your exclusive BRIGHT Walk item.

We may confirm your delivery address and then get your gear into the post as soon as possible. If you live/work locally and would prefer to pick up your item from SAHMRI, please let us know.

No. The first person to join up can create a team and share their chosen team name with the rest of the members. They can join when they’re ready.

Companies participate by organising teams of employees to raise money and walk in the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Sarah Weiss, our Community Fundraising Officer, by email on sarah.weiss@sahmri.com or call 08 8128 4059.

Absolutely! Most teams raise more than the equivalent number of individual participants who go solo. They also find the experience more fun!

You can create or join a team when you register, and we’ll provide you with access to both your own BRIGHT Walk fundraising page and your team’s BRIGHT Walk page too. Your friends and family can either donate to you personally or to the team as a whole. Donations to your personal page will be shown both on your total and as part of your team’s total.

Yes. All participants need to be at least 13 years of age on 23 July 2022. Participants who are 13 -17 years of age will need to have parental permission to take part as well as have a guardian accompany them on the Event as a fellow registered participant.

Your BRIGHT Walk fundraising hub has been connected with Strava to help automate the tracking of your walking activity. If you have a Strava account, you can connect it to your BRIGHT Walk fundraising hub once you’ve registered.

Many alternative tracking devices also connect to Strava, although you will need to create a Strava account if you don’t have one, and then proceed as above. Alternatively, you can use your personal fitness device to track your activity.

Setting up Strava to track the activity you complete for the BRIGHT Walk should be straightforward:

  • set up a Strava account if you don’t already have one. You can do that by downloading the Strava app to your phone and then creating your account, or you can create an account at strava.com
  • find the Connect to Strava button on the BRIGHT Walk fundraising hub – you’ll have access to that once you’ve signed up
  • click on the button and follow the instructions to connect up to your Strava account
  • to get the best results, we recommend that you then log into your Strava account from a computer at strava.com (rather than your mobile) and check/configure the following:
    • check that your Strava app is connected to Raisely (the BRIGHT Walk fundraising platform) by navigating to Settings > My Apps. You should see the Raisely application listed as one of the apps that’s been given permission to access your Strava data
    • in Settings > Display Preferences, make sure your Units & Measurements is set to ‘Kilometers and Kilograms’
    • in Settings > Privacy Controls, set your Activities data to be viewable by ‘Everyone’
  • before recording an activity on your Strava app for BRIGHT, make sure the activity type is set to walking

You should now be all set up for data to pass from your Strava application to your BRIGHT Walk fundraising hub. Note that once you’ve recorded an activity on Strava, the data may take a few minutes to come through.

If you run into any issues, check out support.strava.com to see if you can find some relevant guidance there. If you’re still having problems, feel free to contact us at info@sahmribright.org.au and we’ll do what we can to help.

Yes, we recommend that you do train for your challenge, although how much will depend on your level of fitness. You’ll find training plans for your walk in the Resources section of the BRIGHT Walk hub.

Don’t worry – we’ve got your back! The route is supported by marshals, first aid stations and sweep vehicles to help boost you a bit further along the course. Or, if needed they can take you to the start/finish village, where no matter how far you walked, we’ll celebrate both your achievement and your support.

Absolutely! We encourage you to take it at your own pace so people of all abilities and fitness levels can take part. So, if your normal pace is to run – go for it!

What to wear

  • comfortable pants/leggings
  • warm tops that layer, but are easy to take off once you start working up a sweat!
  • thick, comfortable socks (make sure you wear your BRIGHT Walk socks!)
  • well-fitting walking shoes or trainers (that have been broken in before the event)
  • lightweight waterproof jacket (depending on weather forecast)

What to bring

  • your own drink bottle is a must – hit your fundraising milestones and get a BRIGHT Walk bag and drink bottle
  • energy-giving snacks (protein balls/muesli bars/trail mix etc.)
  • spare socks
  • basic first-aid kit (paracetamol, band aids, antiseptic cream, blister plasters etc.)

The safety of our participants is very important to us. There will therefore be a number of marshals and volunteers along the course looking after you. Please follow their instructions at all times.

First aid will be available at the start/finish village. If medical support is needed on the route, please contact our ground crew and we’ll assist you further.

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

As the BRIGHT Walk is at night, for everyone’s safety strollers, bicycles, inline skates, wheelie footwear, skateboards and scooters are not allowed.

There may be some food and drinks available at the start/finish village for purchase. However, we would suggest that you bring snacks and water/hydration drinks along with you.

DONATIONS

If you collect some cash or cheques as part of your fundraising, we recommend you pay them into your own bank account first. You should then use your card to donate at your BRIGHT Walk online fundraising page on behalf of your generous donor.

Please note: we would advise that you don’t handle cash in the current situation as a safety precaution against COVID-19.

First of all, THANK YOU for your donation! Without your support we can’t make the lifesaving breakthroughs we do. If you have not received your receipt, please contact us on info@sahmribright.org.au.

YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING MATTER TO US

We always recommend that you consult your doctor or health care practitioner to make this decision. If they need more information about the event to give you the correct advice, they are welcome to contact us on info@sahmribright.org.au so they can fully understand the level of physical exertion involved.

During your training and the BRIGHT Walk challenge, please follow government guidance around exercise restrictions and/or social distancing. We also recommend that, when fundraising, you use digital payments wherever possible rather than handling cash.

Even though the majority of people who become infected with COVID-19 will have a relatively minor respiratory illness, we all have a duty of care not to spread it. This is particularly relevant to the elderly, people undergoing cancer treatment, people who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma or those whose immune systems are compromised in some way. Everything we do at SAHMRI is for people just like this, so we want to make sure we keep them safe from COVID-19 as well.

At SAHMRI, we follow these simple practices to keep everyone safe:

  • good personal hygiene. That’s right, good old soap and water! This is the most important thing each of us can do every day. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. This includes before and after eating, after going to the toilet and after you have been in public places. Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • surface hygiene. It is important to clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as bench tops, desks and doorknobs. Don’t forget to regularly disinfect your mobile phone, keys, wallet, credit cards and work passes or swipes.
  • social distancing. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. It is important to stay 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible.
  • elbow bumps. It’s okay to keep a little distance. Instead of a handshake or hug, start practising elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead.
  • don’t be a hero. If you’re feeling unwell or have any symptoms, stay home and get tested! It is so important that you do not socialise, go shopping or to work until you get a negative diagnosis. This includes not exercising or training with friends or teammates.

SUPPORT/RESOURCES

Once you register you can download an Authority to Fundraise for SAHMRI from the Resources section of your BRIGHT Walk fundraising hub.

Yes, we can. We will have a personal trainer offering advice during the lead-up to the BRIGHT Walk, special plans in the Resources area of the site from June – and we’ll share updates and workouts in the BRIGHT Walk Facebook group.

Our coaches also have both training and fundraising experience (having completed similar events before) so feel free to contact them for more advice on: info@sahmribright.org.au.

Sadly no. SAHMRI’s public liability insurance does not cover our participants’ fundraising activities. There are insurance companies which offer short-term policies to cover you should you wish to get the sausages sizzling. Or contact us on info@sahmribright.org.au – because we can offer heaps of other great fundraising ideas!

Please note: if you’re considering organising a fundraising activity, you should adhere to COVID-19 related government restrictions in your local area. For some states, this may mean you won’t be able to obtain insurance at all. If that’s the case, we would strongly discourage you from holding these types of activities as a matter of safety for you and the community.

You’ll have a dedicated personal coach soon after you join us. They’ll be there to answer your questions, give advice and share both fundraising and training resources.

Yes! Our training resources include tips on how to set up Strava, plus our coaches are on-hand to answer your questions. If you still have any queries contact us at info@sahmribright.org.au