Have a question?

Here’s a list of our BRIGHT 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!


BRIGHT is SAHMRI’s annual signature event where thousands of passionate supporters raise funds to power lifesaving research to create a BRIGHTer, healthier future.

SAHMRI’s BRIGHT will start on 3 December and run for 10 days (to 12 December).

We have taken a virtual approach to BRIGHT in 2020 because we wanted to give our supporters the chance to be both inspired and challenged and keep them safe. This means you can walk where you feel most comfortable at any time. We hope that in 2021 we can all walk together….fingers crossed!

There are a number of simple ways to get involved:

It’s completely FREE to take part in BRIGHT 2020.

No, there is no required minimum fundraising goal in 2020. However, we are encouraging everyone to aim for a target of $500. If you reach your $500 target you will be sent a BRIGHT shirt – so, go on, shoot for the stars!

The money raised by our fantastic BRIGHT stars and their mates, families and colleagues will help SAHMRI to fund lifesaving research into some of the biggest health challenges of our time  – cancer, stroke, Aboriginal health, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, premature birth, dementia and more, including COVID-19.

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

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. If you want to take part as a team, we ask you to be mindful of COVID-19 social distancing and follow government guidance around exercising in groups.

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 fundraising page and your team’s BRIGHT 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 on both your total and as part of your team’s total.

Yes. All participants need to be at least 18 years of age to take part in BRIGHT.

Your BRIGHT fundraising hub has been connected with Strava to help automate the tracking of your walk. If you have a Strava account, you can connect it to your BRIGHT 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 and then add the distance manually each day on your BRIGHT fundraising hub.

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

  1. 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 https://strava.com
  2. Find the Connect to Strava button on the BRIGHT fundraising hub – you’ll have access to that once you’ve signed up
  3. Click on the button and follow the instructions to connect up to your Strava account
  4. To get the best results, we recommend that you then log into your Strava account from a desktop computer at https://strava.com (rather than your mobile) and check/configure the following:
  • Check that your Strava app is connected to Raisely (the BRIGHT 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 fundraising hub. Note that, once you’ve recorded an activity on Strava, the data may take a few minutes to come through.

We recommend that you test that activity data from Strava is transferring correctly to your BRIGHT fundraising hub by logging some pre-challenge training sessions. If you run into any issues, check out https://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.

Please note – you can easily remove any incorrect activity logs on your hub if you need to. You can also log your activity manually if you prefer, as an alternative to using Strava.

No. You can take on the BRIGHT challenge however you wish! You might want to walk each day between 3 and 12 December, plan one, two or three epic sessions, or anything in between. It’s up to you! We recommend having rest days during the 10-day period and have mapped out a plan for an averagely fit participant to complete the event around work and family commitments with time for rest.

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 hub.

If you connect your Strava account on your BRIGHT fundraising hub, your training activity will be tracked automatically from the time you set it up. Even if you have not connected Strava, we find many participants wish to track their training as it is helpful and motivating – you can do this manually on the BRIGHT fundraising hub. This will also help you become familiar with how to track your walk, ensuring you’re an expert when it’s time to shine! When BRIGHT begins on 3 December, we’ll reset everyone’s km back to zero and your activity between 3 and 12 December will count towards your target distance.

As soon as your fundraising total reaches $500 we will notify you to let you know (by email) you have secured your exclusive BRIGHT shirt. We may confirm your delivery address and then get your gear into the post to you as soon as possible after you hit $500.

Don’t worry – we have a simple plan to help you hit your target, and even have rest days too! Whatever distance you cover, we’ll celebrate both your achievement and your support in December.

Absolutely! Just use your equipment’s distance tracker if it has one and log the activity manually on your BRIGHT hub. Or you can track the time you spend on the treadmill, estimate how many kilometres you’ve completed and then log the activity manually.

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


Please note: we would strongly advise that you don’t handle cash in the current situation as a safety precaution against COVID-19. If you do 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 online fundraising page on behalf of your generous donor.

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.


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.

We have taken a virtual approach to BRIGHT in 2020 because we wanted to give our supporters the chance to be both inspired and challenged and keep them safe. During your training and while you walk your BRIGHT challenge, please follow government guidance around exercise restrictions and/or social distancing. We also recommend that, for your fundraising, you use digital payment wherever possible rather than handling cash. We hope that in 2021 we can all walk together….fingers crossed!

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 and 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.
  • Fresh air. And with warmer weather here, increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows.
  • 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, even when training or walking with friends or teammates.
  • 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. There is a plus – no more awkward hugs from the weird aunty!
  • 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 or go shopping or to work until you get a negative diagnosis. This includes not exercising or training with friends or teammates.


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

We have a selection of A4 posters which you can download from the ‘Resources’ section of the BRIGHT fundraising hub. For flyers you might want to print the posters in a smaller format or hand out the posters to family, friends, colleagues and any business owners you may know. For money tins, we’re aware of the need to reduce contact and cash-handling due to COVID-19 so we would recommend not collecting cash in this way. If you have to for some reason, we suggest buying a coin tin, printing the BRIGHT logo on a sticker and popping it on your tin or box. Once you have completed your collection, pay the money into your account and make a donation by card at your BRIGHT online fundraising page. Don’t forget to wash your hands after handling cash!

Yes, we can. We will have a personal trainer offering advice during the lead up to BRIGHT, special plans in the ‘Resources’ area of the site from September and we’ll share updates and workouts in the BRIGHT 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 too: 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 holding 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