5km a Day in October Challenge

The Challenge

What is the best way to complete my 5km - walking or running?

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The choice is all yours! We designed this challenge to be flexible, so you're welcome to walk, jog or run your way through the 5km. The most important thing is that you're moving and making a difference!

Do I need to complete the 5km all in one go?

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This challenge is all about what works best for you! If you prefer to cover the entire 5km in one continuous stretch, go for it! Alternatively, you're welcome to divide the distance into smaller segments—perhaps some in the morning and some in the evening. The key is to complete the daily 5km in a way that fits into your lifestyle.

Must I complete 5km every single day?

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While the challenge is designed to encourage you to complete 5km daily, we understand life happens. If you miss a day, you're welcome to make up for it by walking 10km the following day. The goal is to make the challenge work for you while staying committed to the cause.

How do I accurately track my kilometres?

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There are multiple ways to keep tabs on your distance. If you own a fitness watch, that's a convenient option. Alternatively, there are numerous kilometre-tracking apps available for smartphones—simply browse your app store to find one that suits you. Please note that while these apps can be helpful, they are not officially endorsed by Dementia Australia. Choose the method that works best for you to keep your journey accountable.

Do I need a Facebook account to participate in the challenge?

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Yes, a personal Facebook account is required to join and actively engage in the 5km a Day in October Challenge.

Can I donate to the challenge without participating in it?

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Certainly! If you'd like to support the cause without taking part in the 5km a Day in October Challenge, you can make a direct donation through our Donation Page.


What is Facebook Fundraising?

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Facebook Fundraising is a feature offered by the social media platform that allows individuals and organisations, like Dementia Australia, to raise money for causes they care about. Facebook has its own specific set of processes and policies governing fundraising activities. For a detailed understanding of how Facebook Fundraising works, please click here to be redirected to Facebook's Fundraising FAQ page.

Where does my money go?

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Every dollar you raise plays a pivotal role in empowering the lives of those impacted by dementia, as well as their families and carers. Your fundraising directly contributes to a multitude of vital services provided by Dementia Australia, including but not limited to:

  • The National Dementia Helpline: A dedicated, round the clock support line where individuals can consult with compassionate and experienced professionals.
  • Living with Memory Loss Programs: Offering information and a confidential space for discussions with others who are also navigating the complexities of dementia.
  • Educational Outreach: Various seminars, workshops, and programs designed to offer help and information to those in need.
  • Groundbreaking research: Focused on finding a cure for dementia. 

Your support creates a lasting impact, fueling our mission to improve the quality of life for everyone touched by dementia.

Do I need a Facebook account to donate?

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Yes, a personal Facebook account is required to make a donation, whether it's to your own fundraising page or someone else's. If you don't have a Facebook account, creating one is a straightforward process and allows you to not only donate but also engage with the community supporting the challenge. Please note that donations cannot be made through Facebook Business accounts.

What if someone wants to sponsor me with cash or a cheque?

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While we encourage most fundraising to be done online via your Facebook Fundraising page, we understand that some people may prefer to sponsor you with cash or a cheque. In such cases, you can contact us or make a direct donation via our donate page.This ensures all funds are accounted for and go directly towards supporting Dementia Australia.

Does Dementia Australia pay any fees to Facebook?

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No, Dementia Australia does not pay any fees to Facebook for fundraising. Every dollar you raise through your Facebook Fundraising page goes directly to support Dementia Australia's mission and services. Rest assured, 100% of your contributions will be utilised to make a difference.

Please note, that from 1 November 2023, Meta will not longer cover processing fees for donations. 

How are the funds processed?

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When you or anyone in your network makes a donation, the transaction is securely handled by Facebook Pay. Meta (formerly known as Facebook) then transfers the funds directly to Dementia Australia's PayPal Giving Fund (PPGF) account. This process not only simplifies international transactions but also adds an extra layer of security to protect your generous contributions. For more information on how Facebook utilise PayPal, you can read more here.


What is Together for Dementia?

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"Together For Dementia" Facebook page serves as a dynamic platform for fundraising initiatives of Dementia Australia, aimed at creating meaningful change for those impacted by dementia. By inspiring actions and rallying a passionate community, the page aims to ensure that no one impacted by dementia feels alone. While fundraising is at the forefront, the page also provides secondary support through the sharing of news, information, and facilitating discussions related to dementia.


Welcome Pack

How long does it take to receive my welcome pack?

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The pack is shipped via Australia Post at no additional cost to you. Typical delivery times range between 7-10 days, but can extend to 14 days depending on your location. If you haven't received your welcome pack within 14 days of registering, please reach out to us at fundraising@dementia.org.au.  To avoid delays and unnecessary shipping cost, make sure to provide your current address when you register.

Why do you need my address and shirt size?

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We ask for your address and t-shirt size so we can send you our special challenge t-shirt. Your email address is used to share important updates and inspiring stories about Dementia Australia's mission. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

What size t-shirt should I order?

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Our challenge t-shirts are available in unisex sizes ranging from S to XXL. If you're a woman, we generally recommend ordering one size smaller than you typically wear for a more accurate fit.

Incentive Prizes

What are the incentive prizes for the 5km a Day in October Challenge?

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We have exciting prizes lined up for those who meet specific fundraising goals. Raise over $200 for a chance to win one of 3 Yeti Ramblers. If you raise over $400, you'll be entered to win a Yeti Rambler Half Gallon. A Yeti Tundra Haul could be yours if you raise over $800. And if you're the top fundraiser, a Garmin Forerunner 945 is waiting for you!

How are the winners of the incentive prizes chosen?

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Winners are selected through a random drawing, except for the top fundraiser who is determined based on the highest total amount raised by the end of the challenge.

When will the incentive prize winners be announced?

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Winners for all incentive prizes will be announced within a week after the challenge ends. Make sure to keep an eye on your email and the dedicated Facebook Group for updates.

Can I win more than one prize?

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Absolutely, the more you raise, the more chances you have to win. Each fundraising milestone you cross will give you an entry into that specific prize drawing, in addition to any lower-tier prizes.