What is Walk for autism 10,000 steps challenge?

Walk for autism is a virtual event that challenges you (as an individual, with your family or in a team) to walk 10,000 steps a day for eight days. This year’s event is taking place from Sunday 8 April to Sunday 15 April 2018 (inclusive). We encourage anyone and everyone to sign up, get active and raise funds to support people on the autism spectrum! It's easy to get involved:

  • Click the 'Register' button above
  • Once you have completed your registration, personalise your fundraising page
  • Share your page with your family, friends and colleagues
  • Start Walking!

How do I register for Walk for autism 10,000 steps challenge?

Click the 'Register' button at the top of the page and complete the registration form. One of our Walking Buddies will then get in touch to support you in the lead up to the event!

Are there any costs to register?

The 10,000 steps challenge is free! There are no registration costs, but we encourage everyone to make the first donation to their fundraising page. This helps to kickstart your fundraising efforts and motivates others to start supporting you.

What will I get when I sign up?

Your Walk for autism welcome pack will arrive within a few days of you signing up and includes your Walk for autism t-shirt and a pedometer to count your steps, if you’ve requested one.

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.

Can I participate in both Walk for autism 10,000 steps 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.

What are the benefits of getting involved in Walk for autism 10,000 steps challenge?

Aside from challenging yourself (and your friends, family or colleagues), getting active and having fun…by taking part in the Walk for autism and fundraising you will raise vital funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) while creating understanding and acceptance for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

How do I create or join a team?

Getting active is much more fun when you do it with others! Motivate friends, family or colleagues to take on the Walk for autism challenge with you. After you register, just click ‘Create team’ (and let others know the name) or search and join an existing team.

Do I have to walk from Sunday 8 April to Sunday 15 April?

April is our main event period, but you can choose to walk any time that suits you! Our Walking Buddies will still be there to cheer you on.

Where do I walk?

There’s no set event or location for the Walk for autism 10,000 steps challenge. That means you can walk anywhere, at any time, in any place – whatever takes your fancy. Just remember to be careful, stay hydrated and have fun along the way!

How do I count my steps?

It’s easy! If you’ve requested one, you can wear your Walk for autism pedometer to count your steps. Otherwise, you can use an app on your smartphone (eg. Health, MapMyRun or Strava), or a personal fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Garmin watch. Regardless of how you count, remember to keep track and log your steps on your page.

How do I log my steps?

Logging your steps is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Log into your Everyday Hero account
  2. Click the Fitness post update
  3. Add either steps, kilometres or minutes – it’s up to you and the type of activity you’ve been doing!

Do activities other than walking count as steps?

Of course! There are some great webpages that can convert even basic daily tasks into steps – see table for some examples. So, you can hop, skip and jump…run, swim, cycle, or even play team sport! And don’t forget all those extra activities like household chores, grocery shopping and gardening, it all adds up. Just remember to have your pedometer, personal fitness tracker or smartphone on you all day!

*Conversion chart from Healthy Together Mildura

What if my pedometer stops working?

If your pedometer stops working and you have a smartphone, downloading an app like Heart (already on most iPhones), MapMyRun or Strava is a really simple way to keep tracking your steps. If you can’t download an app, don’t despair! You can just time the amount of minutes you spend walking and convert them into steps. The average person walks about 133 steps per minute so it’s super easy to calculate how far you go!

For example:

15 minute walk x 133 steps/minute = 1,995 steps

30 minute walk x 133 steps/minute = 3,990 steps

60 minute walk x 133 steps/minute = 7,980 steps

How do I log in?

To log into your Walk for autism page:

  1. A link to your page will be sent to your email by Everyday Hero
  2. Follow the link to your page
  3. Click on the log in button in the top right corner
  4. Complete your login details

If you have any issues accessing your account use the green chat box at the bottom right of your page.

How do I update my Fundraising page?

To update your page:

  1. Log in to your Everyday Hero account
  2. Under your profile picture click the 'Edit this supporter page' button
  3. Update your fundraising and steps goal and share your story in the 'My Story' section

Is there a minimum fundraising target?

You can still be a part of Walk for autism and help us build understanding and acceptance, even if you don’t fundraise. But remember, every dollar you raise will go a long way in providing opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Don't worry if you have never fundraised before. We’re here to give you the best tips and tools to help you succeed.

Who will support me?

If you’re passionate about making a difference, people in your life will feel the same passion and support you! Share your commitment to the Walk for autism with friends, family and colleagues. And don’t forget neighbours, community groups or your local coffee shop. With one in 100 people on the autism spectrum in Australia, chances are that most people know someone on the spectrum and will be eager to support the cause.

How can I fundraise?

It’s completely up to you how you fundraise and there are heaps of fun ways to get your total growing. Set yourself mini challenges, dress up in a hilarious outfit, create some healthy competition with others, or simply show why supporting people on the autism spectrum is so important to you.

Just share a link to your online page with your networks via email or social media. And make sure to keep everyone in the loop to share your milestones along the way.

Is there a fundraising toolkit?

Yes! Head to the 'Resource's page in the menu and download your fundraising toolkit now!

Should I wait until the first day I start walking before fundraising?

There's no time like the present! Update your fundraising page and start your fundraising today. Kickstart your fundraising by making the first donation to your page, then share with your family, friends and colleagues and let them know why you are taking on the Walk for autism.

Where does the money raised go?

All funds raised will ensure Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) can continue to deliver services and programs to provide people on the autism spectrum with the opportunity to realise their unique potential throughout the life stages, from the early years to adulthood.

Are donations tax deductible?

All gifts over $2 are tax deductible, a receipt will be sent to each supporter’s nominated email address immediately after they donate online.