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What is the Walk for autism 7k steps a day this May challenge?

Step up, because the world is not autism friendly. Walk 7k steps this May for the 70% of Autistic people experiencing mental health issues.

Join Walk for autism, a virtual event that invites individuals, families, or teams to take on the challenge of walking 7k steps a day this May for 7, 14, or 31 days. This year's event runs from May 1 to May 31. 

The end dates vary depending on the challenge you choose:

• 7-Day Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps a day from May 1 to May 7.

• 14-Day Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps a day from May 1 to May 14.

• 31-Day Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps a day throughout the entire month of May, from May 1 to May 31.

Please select the 'Sign up now' button above. Once you've finished registering, customise your fundraising page, share it with your family, friends, and colleagues, and begin your walking journey!

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How do I register for Walk for autism?

Click the 'Sign up now' button at the top of the web page and complete the registration form.

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Are there any costs to register?

The Walk for autism 2024 challenge is FREE! There are no registration costs, but we encourage everyone to make the first donation to their fundraising page. This helps to kick-start your fundraising efforts and motivates others to start supporting you.

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What fundraising rewards are up for grabs?

Achieve the fundraising tier targets below on your individual fundraising page – and you could win!

Fundraise $100-$249 - You will be entered into the draw to win a shopping spree valued at $1000
Fundraise $250-$499 - You will be rewarded a fabulous Walk for autism T-Shirt
Fundraise $500-$750 - You will go into the draw to win an unforgettable experience with Life’s an Adventure Tasmanian walking tour for two!
Fundraise $750-$1000 - You will be rewarded with a Walk for autism shoe key ring
Fundraise $1000+ - You will receive a VIP Aspect Village Tote, certificate, themed fundraising page and more!

There's also other amazing rewards waiting to surprise you! 

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Where do I walk?

The Walk for autism 7k step challenge is a virtual event! There's no set location and you can walk anywhere in Australia. Whether you're strolling through city streets or wandering along scenic paths, the choice is yours!

Just remember to be careful, stay hydrated and have fun along the way!

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Can I change my fundraising target on my page?

We do understand this goal isn’t reachable for everyone. You can change your minimum fundraising target by:

  • Logging into your Fundraising page
  • Click onto your ‘Dashboard’
  • Select the ‘Edit my page’ tab and change the ‘fundraising target’ to the minimum amount you would like.
  • Click 'Save'  

Any problems, please contact your Walk team on: 1800 AUTISM (288 476) or walk@autismspectrum.org.au.

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What if I'm not able to do 7k steps a day?

If you are unable to do 7k steps daily for the whole month of May challenge, then you can nominate to your supporters how many steps you would like to do. 

You can also manually enter your preferred steps by:

  • Logging in to your dashboard.
  • Under 'Fitness Activity,' input your information.
  • Manually enter you preferred step goal.
  • Click 'Save.'

Any problems, please contact your Walk team on: 1800 AUTISM (288 476) or walk@autismspectrum.org.au.

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Can I choose to do the 7k, 14k, or 31k Day Challenge, even if I'm within a Team?

Absolutely! You are still registering as an 'Individual', just under the 'Team' banner with other members.

As an individual within a Team, you can definitely choose your preferred challenge!

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How do I count and log my steps?

To track your steps, you can sync to the Fitbit, Strava or Garmin Apps.

Alternatively, if the App you need is unavailable, you can manually input your activity into your fitness dashboard by following these steps:

1. Log in to your dashboard.
2. Under 'Fitness Activity,' input your information.
3. Your step details will appear on your fundraising page after approximately 20 minutes.
4. Click 'Save.'

Should you need to disconnect you app for any reason, please contact the Walk team: walk@autismspectrum.org.au

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Where does my fundraising go?  

The funds generated from Walk for autism are unrestricted, meaning they are allocated to Aspect services where they are most needed. These funds contribute to various programs aimed at supporting Autistic individuals and their families. Some key areas of focus include providing access to diagnostic assessments, supporting our autism-specific schools, funding research initiatives, and fostering the creation of inclusive, autism-friendly environments. These services are critical in helping Autistic people to achieve their full potential and create greater wellbeing. This is especially important given that, because the world is not autism-friendly, 70% of autistic people experience mental health issues.

Click through to learn more about Your Impact.

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What is a Walkathon?

Walkathons are annual events that take place at our nine autism-specific Aspect Schools. Participation is for our school communities only.

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Can I participate in both Walk for autism 7k a day step challenge and a Walkathon?

If you’re part of one of our school communities, then we’d love for you to jump on board for both events! You can choose how you’d like to be involved when you register and set up your online fundraising page.

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Are the donations tax deductible?

Yes, any donation over $2 are tax deductible. When you make an online donation you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

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I'm unable to receive donations from overseas?

We have restrictions set for security purposes. Please contact the Walk for autism team for help: 1800 AUTISM (288 476) or walk@autismspectrum.org.au.