FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
EVENT FORMAT UPDATES
Is 7 Bridges Walk going ahead this year?
We know everyone was as excited as we were for the return of the physical 7 Bridges Walk event this year. The community’s safety is our top priority and we have been closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation in Sydney. Because of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to launch 7 Bridges Walk as a virtual 7 Bridges Challenge this year.
Although it’s not what we had hoped for, we are so excited to still be able to offer you the best bits of 7 Bridges Walk through the 7 Bridges Challenge! (And even better – it’s free to register!)
Our initial hope was that large physical events would be able to proceed by October and the event could go ahead as planned. However, as the current situation has evolved, this is now looking very unlikely and the safest thing for our supporters is to move to a virtual challenge. We are saddened that we won’t see you in person around the beautiful 7 Bridges Walk course but we hope to see you join us to take on the challenge. The incredible support for last year’s virtual challenge showed that we can still come together to get active and support people impacted by cancer – even if it’s virtually!
Why have you decided on a virtual challenge so early? There’s still time for the situation to improve!
As we’re sure you can appreciate, a lot of planning and logistics go into a large physical event like 7 Bridges Walk. These factors meant we needed to make a decision now, in order to ensure we can still deliver the best result for people affected by cancer.
So, what exactly is changing and what is the virtual challenge?
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (and to ensure we can maintain the safety of all participants) we will no longer be holding 7 Bridges Walk as a physical event this year.
The 7 Bridges Challenge has all the great things that we know you love about 7 Bridges Walk: an awesome community coming together (virtually) to conquer 28km - in your own place, and at your own pace.
You can take on 28km on the main day of the event (24 October), or spread the distance out across a week (from 24 October – 30 October) – it’s your challenge and your choice! You can do your walk wherever you like – in your neighbourhood, local park, beach or trail – anywhere of your choosing, as long as you follow the current government health orders.
You’ll still be able to raise much-needed funds to support people impacted by cancer, and you’ll still be able to connect with the amazing community of walkers online via our 7 Bridges Challenge Facebook Group!
Do I have to do it all in one day?
We are encouraging people to complete the challenge in one day on Sunday 24 October, or over 1 week (24 – 30 October) – it’s your challenge and your choice .
Does the 7 Bridges Challenge cost anything?
No, taking part in the 7 Bridges Challenge is FREE.
Can I run it?
Yep! You can conquer your 28km at your own pace – whether that’s walking or running!
Do I have to do the whole 28km?
Just like the physical event, this Challenge is for everyone, so the total distance is up to you!
How can I register?
You can register for the 7 Bridges Challenge 2021 here. Registering is easy and should just take 2 minutes!
How much does it cost?
It’s FREE to register and take part in the 7 Bridges Challenge.
Can I participate as part of a team?
Yes, we encourage this! You can select to sign-up as team during registration. You can also create a team after sign-up from your fundraising dashboard, simply click "Create Team" and follow the prompts. Remember to share your team link and ask your friends to join.
However, If you are planning on doing the walk in a group or team, we encourage you to follow all government safety recommendations to enjoy the experience in a safe and socially distanced way.
I would like to train for the challenge. Is there a training guide?
Yes, we’ll send you a training guide once you sign up!
Do you have a Facebook Group I can join?
Absolutely, you can join our 7 Bridges Facebook group by clicking here. This page can be used to connect with your fellow walkers and share photos, stories, fitness tips and more! You will also be the first to hear about some AMAZING prizes and competitions coming up!
How much of the money raised will go to Cancer Council?
100% of money raised goes to Cancer Council, so make your challenge count and fundraise for a cancer free future. You can read more on how we put your funds to work here.
I don’t want to take part, can I donate to Cancer Council instead?
Absolutely, we understand that not everyone will be able to join us this year, especially during current times. You can still show your support for people impacted by cancer by making a generous donation here – you could even donate the cost of a 7 Bridges Walk ticket!
Can my friends sponsor me?
Yes, you can simply send them the link to your online fundraising page via text, email or social media.
Another easy way to do this is to click on the 'Get Support' tab in your fundraising dashboard - this will lead you to pre-written emails and links to share on social media!
When do the online fundraising pages close?
Fundraising pages will stay open until 30 November 2021. You are welcome to send through additional donations directly to Cancer Council after this time. Please send to: Attn: 7 Bridges Walk Team, Cancer Council, PO Box 816, POTTS POINT NSW 1335.
How do I join an existing fundraising team?
There are a few ways to join an existing fundraising team:
- Register for the 7 Bridges Challenge, and make sure you select ‘Join a Team’, search for the team name and select the team you wish to join.
- Ask the team captain (the person who created the team) to invite you via their team dashboard.
- Search for the team page at 7bridgeswalk.com.au/join, click on the team page and select ‘Join Us’. (If this button is not showing then ask the team captain to change to 'allow anyone to join team' in the team dashboard).
I shared my fundraising page on Facebook and it prompted me to add a donate button, should I use this?
When sharing on Facebook you may be prompted to add the donate button to your post. We recommend you do not accept this and cut and paste your message only. This is because Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we can’t sync these donations with 7 Bridges Challenge due to limitations with the Facebook Donate functionality. Given these limitations, we advise you not to use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds. Any donations through Facebook Donate feature won’t show on your official fundraising page.
Can I edit my online page?
Yes, you can edit both your individual or team page through your dashboard by logging in.
To edit your personal page, select 'My Page' and then 'Edit My Page' to edit. To edit your team page, select 'My Team' and then 'Team Page Settings' to edit.
How do I share my fundraising page on Instagram?
To share on Instagram, simply copy and paste your fundraising page URL to your Instagram bio link and save. Now when you post updates about your 7 Bridges Challenge with your friends on Instagram you can direct them to your bio link. This will easily take them direct to your page to support you!
How do I change 'In honour of' on my fundraising page?
Click here to contact us and we'll do it for you.
Can I order merchandise online?
Yes, 7 Bridges T-shirts are available to purchase online here.
Is there a deadline to order t-shirts?
Please note that you will need to order your t-shirt by 11.59pm on 1 October 2021 if you wish to receive it before 24 October 2021. All orders received after this date will be processed, but delivery before 24 October 2021 cannot be guaranteed.
TRACKING YOUR CHALLENGE
Why should I track my challenge?
Although 7 Bridges Walk is looking different again this year, we still wanted to be able to bring you the best parts of the walk.
As you reach each checkpoint and tick them off in your dashboard, we’ll be sending you something special via SMS so you can experience each checkpoint virtually.
What are the checkpoints?
The challenge checkpoints are:
- 2km - Sydney Harbour Bridge
- 7km - Anzac Bridge
- 14km - Rozelle Village of Hope
- 21km - Hunters Hill
- 28km - Finish line!
How can I track my challenge?
Wherever you to choose to walk this year, you’ll be able to track your progress using our online checkpoints to enjoy the best parts of the 7 Bridges Walk virtually!
We’ve put together this handy guide with instructions on how to track your challenge. Check it out here.
Can I use my own fitness app/device?
You can use your fitness or mobile device to track your actual distance, however we aren’t able to sync these with our checkpoint tracking.
Instead, you can use your device to keep track of when you reach the distance of each virtual checkpoint – and simply tick them off in your checkpoint page as you go.
For more information on how to track your challenge, we’ve put together this handy guide. Check it out here.