What is Walk for Epilepsy?
Walk for Epilepsy is an online fundraising event to support people living with epilepsy. You can participate anywhere in Australia (or the world), simply by signing up and setting your own kilometre and fundraising targets. Your efforts will make a real difference to improving the lives of people living with epilepsy.
Who organises Walk for Epilepsy?
Walk for Epilepsy was started by the Epilepsy Foundation in 2017. Since then we’ve grown into a national event, with partner organisations in every state and territory. By signing up, you can support either the Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy ACT, Epilepsy Centre, Epilepsy Queensland, Epilepsy Tasmania or Epilepsy WA.
How far do I have to walk?
That’s entirely up to you! You can set your own target when you register, tailored to whether you’d like to walk, run, swim or cycle. Pick from one of the pre-filled goals or set your own! You can also adjust your target at any point during the Walk.
How do I track my distance?
There are plenty of ways to keep track of your steps. By linking your Fitbit or Strava account, you can automatically sync your outings to the Walk for Epilepsy total (head here for more details). If you’d rather add your kilometres manually, no problem! Just login to your account here, select ‘My Fitness Activity’ and add your date and distance.
How do I register?
Easy! Just head to our home page, click on register and follow the prompts.
Can I create a team?
You sure can! Simply follow the steps in the registration process to create a team. Working together for a shared goal is a great way to add extra kilometres to our target, so if you have a group of family, friends or colleagues, why not take part together
I have registered as a team, do we need to physically walk together?
The reality of COVID-19 means that gathering together is much more difficult than it previously would have been. If your local regulations allow you to exercise together - for instance, if you live in the same household, then you can choose to walk together or separately. Each person's contribution will be added to the total whether you walk together or independently, so the most important thing is to make sure you stay safe, follow the rules and practice social distancing.
Can I fundraise?
Fundraising can be a daunting task, but remember that you have the power to make a real difference! We've put together a list of tips and tricks for getting started, which you can find here!
Are donations tax-deductible?
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia
How do I connect my tracking device?
During the walk (1-25 October), you'll be able to track your distance automatically by using a FitBit or Strava account with your smartphone, rather than manually adding your walks through the profile dashboard.
We'll be sending out instructions in mid-September walking you through this process; make sure your email address is up-to-date or check back on this page a little closer to the event.
If you'd like to get prepared, make sure you've got Fitbit or Strava installed on your phone and familiarise yourself with how to log exercise within these apps.
What if I don’t have a smartphone or the app isn’t working?
No problem! You always have the option to manually add your kilometres.
- Log in to your Walk for Epilepsy account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’
- Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance
- The number of kilometres will now appear on your fundraising page!
Will I receive a race bib?
You can find your digital bib over on our resources page to print, fill out and wear with you wherever you walk!
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, all participants who upload their results will receive a digital certificate
Can I buy a t-shirt?
You sure can! We're still getting our store platform online, so stay tuned.