FAQs

The challenge

What is One Foot Forward?

One Foot Forward is a virtual walking challenge to raise funds for mental health. Simply choose to walk 20km, 40km or 60km (or your own distance!) throughout mental health month in October and share your challenge with your networks to raise funds for vital mental health research.

Is this event still going ahead, even with COVID-19?

Yes! One Foot Forward is a virtual event so you can take place wherever you are. Take part by yourself or with friends – but make sure you stay safe and social distance!

What if I can’t walk 20km?

That’s not a problem at all! Choose your own distance during registration and choose a goal that’s manageable to you.

How much does it cost to take part?

Nothing! One Foot Forward is absolutely free. Sign up now, you’ve got nothing to lose!

How do I create or join a team?

Create your own team during sign up, or search for an existing team. You’ll be promoted to select one of these options during your registration. Of course if you’d rather take part by yourself, that’s fine too! Click here for more information on teams.

How many people can I have in my team?

As many as you like! There is no limit. Walk with 2 friends or 20! Just make sure you’re staying safe and socially distancing.

How do I sign up?

Just click here to get started.

Fundraising

How do I choose my fundraising goal?

Set a goal that’s achievable to you, but ambitious. You’ll be surprised about how easy it is to raise funds once you start spreading the word!

What happens if I can’t reach my fundraising goal?

We’re here to help you every step of the way. Just click here for tips and tricks to get started with fundraising, or here to view the resources we’ve created to help you spread the word.

How do I get a fundraising page?

Your fundraising page is created once you sign up! It’s easy peasy.

Where do the funds I raise go?

Learn more about how The Black Dog Institute will use the funds you raise here.

How do I get my friends to sponsor me?

Click here to get some basic tips and tricks to get started with your fundraising. Don’t forget your dashboard includes everything you need to spread the word about your challenge.

I shared my page on Facebook and accidentally set up a Facebook fundraiser. Will these funds be counted towards my goal?

Unfortunately not! Whilst The Black Dog Institute will still receive your funds, unfortunately at this stage we’re unable to link them to your challenge page. The best option is to delete your post and share it again without clicking the ‘add donate button’ option.

Facebook donations are handled by a third party, and unfortunately, we can’t sync these donations with your personal fundraising page due to limitations with Facebook Donate functionality. We advise you do not use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds and recommend that you simply share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages without using the Facebook Donate button.

I’ve raised funds on Facebook but they’re not showing up on my page!

Facebook donations are handled by a third party, and unfortunately, we can’t sync these donations with your personal fundraising page due to limitations with Facebook Donate functionality. We advise you do not use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds and recommend that you simply share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages without using the Facebook Donate button.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers.

Can I buy merchandise?

Yes. We now have a shop where you can buy your very own Black Dog Institute T-shirt - https://www.1800forpromo.com.au/product/black-dog-institute-t-shirt/

Workplace teams

Can I sign up as a workplace?

Yes! Signing up your workplace is a great way to stay connected with your colleagues. Click here for more info on signing up a team

Can I get the funds I raise matched?

Many employers offer matched giving for their employees fundraising efforts. Even if your employer won’t dollar match, they may be willing to support your efforts! It can’t hurt to ask.

Can I speak to someone about starting a corporate team?

Yes! Just email fundraising@blackdoginstitute.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Support

I need help with my mental health, who can I speak to?

If you're struggling with your mental health, or need support, click here.