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.
Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:
- Download the Fitbit or Strava and set up your account
- Log in to your ‘Walk for Epilepsy’ profile page/account.
- Go to your dashboard, and then your 'My Fitness Activity' page.
- Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.
- Follow the prompts to connect your account
- When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.
If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.
When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.
Check out the below video if you have any issues.
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! Head to our T-Shirts page to grab one.