FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

7 BRIDGES WALK AND COVID-19

 Is 7 Bridges Walk going ahead this year?

7 Bridges Walk 2021 is planned to go ahead on Sunday 24 October. We’re thrilled to be bringing back the physical event in 2021, after making the difficult decision to move to a virtual challenge last year. Thank you so much to everyone who continued to support the event during this time.

We know you’ve missed 7 Bridges Walk as much as we have! This is your chance to enjoy a great day out with friends and family, while raising much-needed funds to support people affected by cancer.

What about the current restrictions?

We know you have missed walking 28km around the stunning Sydney Harbour as much as we have, and we’re hopeful that by the end of October things will be back to normal and we can enjoy the day together in a safe and socially distanced way. We will be keeping all our participants updated via our website, email and social media as we get closer to the event.

What if I register but the event doesn’t go ahead?

Our supporters’ safety is our priority. If we are unable to hold the physical 7 Bridges Walk due to changing COVID-19 recommendations, we will transition the event to a virtual 7 Bridges Challenge, where participants take on 28km in their own neighbourhoods. 

Ticket refunds will be offered to all participants if the event is moved to a virtual challenge due to COVID-19.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for more information.

What safety measures will be in place?

The safety of our walkers, volunteers and staff is incredibly important to us. For the protection of all 7 Bridges Walk attendees, we are working closely with NSW Health to develop a COVID-19 Health Management Plan, to make sure we can all enjoy the day together in a safe way.  We will be keeping all our participants updated on our COVID-19 safety measures via our website, email and social media as we get closer to the event.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions all ticket holders must strictly keep to their starting village and timeslot. Please contact Humanitix if you wish to make any changes to your ticket on events@humanitix.com.au or call +61 2 7202 6035.  

REGISTRATION

Do I need to fundraise as well as buying a ticket?

Your registration fee covers your participation and the costs of the event - including event logistics, entertainment, signage, traffic management, toilets and security. It does not include a donation to Cancer Council. Fundraising, in addition to purchasing a ticket, is what makes a real difference. It will go towards Cancer Council’s lifesaving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

Does my ticket fee count as a donation?

No, your registration fee covers your participation and the costs of the event - including event logistics, entertainment, signage, traffic management, toilets and security. It does not include a donation to Cancer Council.

When is Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk on and what time does it start?

The 2021 Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk will be held on Sunday 24 October 2021. The course opens at 7:30am and closes at 4:30pm. We recommend if you wish to complete the entire 28km course to start your walk before 11am. Registered participants commencing the event before 7.30am or completing the event after 4.30pm will not be considered a participant in 7 Bridges Walk outside those course open hours.

When can I register for the event?

Registrations will open on 31 July 2021. You can register your interest for 7 Bridges Walk 2021 here.

How much does it cost to enter this event?

To participate in the Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk adults can register online for Early Bird $49.95 + BF (available for a limited time) / General Admission $69.95 + BF (incl GST). Children 13 years and under can participate for free, but must be registered with an adult. You can register on your phone at any Village on the day of the event to walk for $90 (incl BF + GST). 

Your registration fee pays for the cost of staging the event - including event logistics, entertainment, signage, traffic management, toilets and security. So we encourage everyone to make their walk count and fundraise for a cancer free future.

Can I register to do the walk on the day?

Yes via your phone online at any Village, however as capacity is limited this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend that you purchase your ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchases via the online booking system on this website. Registering prior to the event day will secure your spot and save you money on your registration fee.

What do I do if I have not received my registration receipt / ticket?

Your registration receipt will have come from our ticketing agent, Humanitix. Please ensure you check your Junk Email Box as the confirmation emails may have been sent there by email filters. If you are still unable to find your order confirmation, please contact Humanitix to have it resent to your email. You can contact Humanitix on +61 2 7202 6035 or email events@humanitix.com.au

Can I change my starting Village or time?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all ticket holders must strictly keep to their starting village and timeslot. However, you may be able to change your starting village and/or time depending on availabiltiy. Please contact Humanitix if you wish to make any changes to your ticket on events@humanitix.com.au or call +61 2 7202 6035.

How can I keep updated?

We will be emailing you event updates and information about the course in the lead up to the event. We also have a Facebook page so like us on Facebook for ongoing updates or email us at 7BW@nswcc.org.au

What is an Event Guide?

It is an information booklet that you will collect at the Village you choose to start from. The Event Guide will include the event passport, course information, as well as a course map. You can collect a stamp at each bridge you pass over to signify you have visited that particular point and at your starting village when you complete the full course. It will also be your ticket to the free event buses circulating around the course.

Where do I go to collect my Event Guide?

You can collect your Event Guide by showing your registration ticket at the entry point at any of the six Villages between the hours of 7.30am until 4.30pm.

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.

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.

Which villages have nearby accommodation if I am travelling from interstate?

Milsons Point and Pyrmont villages are the nearest to hotel accommodation. 

I would like to train for the event. Is there a training guide?

Yes, you can following the training guide developed by our friends at Can Too here.

FUNDRAISING

What is the fundraising component of this event?

Your registration fee covers your participation in the event and the costs of managing and putting on the Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk event. It does not include a donation to Cancer Council. You can raise funds which will go towards research, prevention and support services for people affected by cancer. You can read more about this here.

How much of the money raised will go to Cancer Council?

100% of money raised goes to Cancer Council, so make your walk count and fundraise for a cancer free future. This year we will be making it easier to raise funds by creating online fundraising pages for everyone during registration.

Cancer Council volunteers will also be taking donations at the Villages on event day. For more information on how your funds have been put to work visit https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/

All registration fees go towards Cancer Council to cover the cost of the event.

Can I donate to Cancer Council on the day of the event?

If you wish to donate to Cancer Council on the day, you can do so by cash or by tapping your credit card at all Villages.

Can my friends sponsor me?

Yes, simply send them the link to your online fundraising page.

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.

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 Walk 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.

COURSE

How will I know where the course is?

You need to collect your Event Guide when you scan your ticket at one of the six Villages on event morning. The Event Guide will contain important event information as well as a course map. There will also be event signage and volunteer course marshals along the route to point you in the right direction. You can view the 2021 Course Map here.

Do I need to walk in a certain direction?

Yes, the course is set up for you to walk in a clockwise direction only to assist in safely managing the flow of walkers. People walking in an anti-clockwise direction will be classed as non-participants.

Do you have any tips on walking the course?

Please look out for other people on the course route, i.e. the general public and bike riders. Please keep to the left to allow others to pass.

What if I can't walk the entire 28km, is there transport available?

This event is for everyone so you can start and finish wherever you like. When you register online you will need to select which of the six Villages you would like to start at. For your convenience, event partner Transport for NSW is providing frequent free event buses to run in both directions around the course to transport you between Villages or back to your starting point. All you need to do is show your Event Guide. Check the event map inside your Event Guide for bus stop locations. You can also stop at the closest Village and enquire at the Information Booth for local transport information.

Is there more than one way to walk the course?

In some cases, there are different ways of navigating through areas of the course which may be slightly shorter than the mapped 7 Bridges Walk route. The 7 Bridges Walk route has been mapped out to provide participants with a safe pedestrian route through all areas whilst seeing some of the best parts of Sydney. There are decision points along the course giving participants different walking options in some areas. One route may be slightly shorter and more or less accessible.

Why do I have to finish in a Village?

This is the point at which you registered and started so to fully complete the 28km course you must finish where you started. If you don’t finish at your starting Village you cannot receive your Completed stamp.

I didn’t feel like eating the food on offer in the Villages. Can I go to a local café and then rejoin the walk?

Yes, we encourage you to experience local cafes and takeaways in the communities we pass through.

How will I know where to start?

During registration you will select your ‘starting village’. Your ticket from Humanitix will contain the address of your chosen starting village.

RULES

Can I run in this event?

No. The Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk is purely a walking event and does not accommodate any running. There are no major road closures for this event so everyone is to abide by normal pedestrian road rules. With everyone on footpaths abiding by the road rules and potentially a lot of people walking the course, trying to run through the crowd and across roads is going to be dangerous to you, other participants and the general public.

Am I permitted to ride my bike, skateboard or rollerblades etc in this event?

No. This is a community event celebrating walking and supporting Cancer Council. There is plenty of time to comfortably complete the course so there is no need to be riding a bike, skateboard or rollerblades etc. Due to the hazardous and dangerous nature of bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and any other moving equipment, people with any of the above will not be considered as participants in the 7 Bridges Walk.

EVENT MERCHANDISE

Can I order merchandise online?

Yes, 7 Bridges Walk T-shirts are available to purchase online here. 

EVENT DAY

Will the event be cancelled if it is raining?

No, the event will not be cancelled should the weather be wet. We do, however, advise that walkers bring wet weather gear should the weather forecast be for rain.

Will water be available throughout the course?

Yes, at each of the six Villages there will be water stations for you to fill your own drink bottles. Additional water stations between villages are marked on the Course map. There will also be food stalls at each Village where you will be able to purchase cold drinks. As this is not a competition you are able to leave the course for a break, lunch or to fetch a drink at anytime and rejoin the course at a later time.

How long do you think it will take?

For a fit and active person to walk the course at a continuous brisk pace it will take about 4.5 to 5 hours. For someone with a moderate fitness level and/or stopping for breaks along the way it could take 6 - 8 hours. Each Village will have a map showing where you are and the distance to the next Village. Distances will also be noted in the Event Guide. If you are attempting to complete the entire course, we strongly recommend that you start prior to 11am in order to finish before the 4.30pm course and Village closure. 

What should I bring on the day?

Bring the ticket that was emailed to you after registration. You can either print this or present it on your phone at the event. Presenting this will also allow you to receive your Event Guide and therefore access the free event buses. We also recommend that you bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and wet weather gear if it is likely to rain. Bring a refillable water bottle and wear appropriate clothing, including footwear, to participate in the walk.

What is available at each of the villages?

Each of the Villages will provide you information, first aid, water, toilets plus food, refreshments, entertainment and free sunscreen. 

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome on the day, but must remain on a leash at all times, and please clean up any mess they make. Please note that dogs will not be permitted on the event buses (assistance dogs excepted).

Will I receive a certificate for participating in the Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk?

Your Event Guide is your special keepsake from the day. Make sure to collect your bridge stamp at each of the bridges as you walk across and get your completed stamp when you arrive back at your starting village. Your completed stamp page signifies you have completed 7 Bridges Walk! 

How do I stay SunSmart? 

Historical average temperatures for late October are low of 14°C and a high of 22°C, along with sunny days. Start early to avoid the heat of the day. Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide. Click here for more information about sun protection. Cancer Council merchandise (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen) will be on sale at Pyrmont Village.

Is there parking available? 

There will be no designated parking available for the event, only local parking. We advise you to check local street signs surrounding Villages but they fill up quickly. We suggest using public transport to go to and from the event. Use your Opal Card as it costs $8.05 (Gold Senior/Pensioner $2.50) for all day travel on Sundays!