Registration and Fundraising FAQs
This year’s event is now over. You can sponsor someone doing the Hike here.
What information do I need to register?
Other than your personal details, we will also require registration payment, special dietary needs, accommodation details (if you have a preferred roommate) and shirt size. Please note registrations for the 2019 Hike to Beat Blood Cancer have now closed.
What is the registration fee?
Registration is $295 per person. This will cover two nights of accommodation, meals and shuttle transportation to and from accommodation to walk entrances/exits. This fee is non-tax deductible (as it directly covers costs). Please note: dinner is not provided on Friday, 16 August 2019.
What is the minimum fundraising level?
The minimum amount required to participate is $600 each. This is in addition to the non-tax deductible and non-refundable registration fee. The $600 is required by 1st August 2019 in order to take part in the walk.
When do I need to raise the minimum fundraising amount?
The fundraising deadline is September 30 2019, but the minimum amount of $600 must be reached by August 1 in order to participate.
What is the minimum age for entering Hike to Beat Blood Cancer?
All participants must be 18 years or older by August 16 2019.
When will we receive our registration pack?
Following your online registration, a registration information pack will be sent to you via email. If you require a receipt book for cash donations or a coin collection box, please contact the Leukaemia Foundation on (07) 3318 4457.
Can we sign up as a team?
Yes, however, each team member must pay the $295 registration fee and raise a minimum of $600.
How can I change my personal details?
Once online registration is complete you will then have access to your own Hike to Beat Blood Cancer fundraising profile page. Here you can update personal details, monitor fundraising totals, upload photos, promote yourself via email and Facebook links, and receive online donations.
What’s the best way to receive a donation?
The easiest way to receive a donation is via your online fundraising profile page. Your supporters can go online and make a deposit using their credit card. You can also receive cash and cheque donations which can be deposited at the National Bank (BSB 084 004, Account number 865 508 604). Make sure you use your individual agent number (found on your deposit slip) to ensure the money goes into your account and towards your total. Please contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 07 3318 4457 for a receipt book for cash donations.
How do I submit funds raised through this event?
Cash funds and cheques can be deposited at the National Bank (BSB 084 004, Account number 865 508 604). You will need your agent number (found on your deposit slip) to ensure your funds go against your account. Please contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 07 3318 4457 for a receipt book and deposit slip for cash donations.
Can we fundraise for the entry fee?
No. Individuals must first register (thus paying the fee) before commencing fundraising.
Do we have to meet the minimum fundraising commitment?
Yes. In order to participate, each individual must raise $600 by 1 August 2019. We’re here to help! For fundraising ideas and tips, please contact us.
How much money is the Leukaemia Foundation aiming to fundraise?
The Leukaemia Foundation is aiming to raise $50,000 towards helping more Australians beat blood cancer. You can read more here about how your fundraising will support local families and help Australian researchers beat blood cancer.
Event logistics FAQs
Where is the track?
The track is part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk and winds through the scenic Blackall Range, approximately 90km north of Brisbane.
What is the terrain like?
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk includes sections of Class 2, 3 and 4 track based on the Australian Standards track classification system.
Class 2 track Australian standards
- Easy and level, well-graded track, suitable for all fitness levels.
Class 3 track Australian standards
- Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps
- Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
- Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear needed.
Class 4 track Australian standards
- Distinct track usually with steep exposed slopes or many steps
- Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural outlooks
- Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear needed.
How achievable is the walk?
The walk is definitely achievable however it is not a walk in the park! Even if you are in good health and fitness, it is recommended that you train by completing various length walks on bush tracks of five, 10 and 15km and at least one 20km walk prior to participating in this event. You must be able to walk 32.5km in 8 hours.
How much training should I do?
Once you have decided to participate in the event you should commence training, regardless of your fitness level. Each registrant should partake in regular distance walks on bush trails of five, 10 and 15km walks and at least one 20km walk. Prior to the event, training should be tapered back in preparation for the walk.
How far should I be walking in my training?
It will really depend on your fitness levels. Start out at a level you feel confident with and increase that distance each week.
Am I fit enough to do the Hike to Beat Blood Cancer?
With adequate training we believe most people can complete the walk, however it is important that you consult your doctor if you have any doubts or if you are of a lower fitness level. You must be able to walk 32.5km in 8 hours.
Are trainers or hiking boots better for this event?
It depends on the individual. Hiking boots are great for ankle stability on uneven ground, however you might feel more confident in your trainers. Whatever you decide, make sure they are well worn in to avoid blisters and discomfort during the walk.
How do we know it is safe terrain?
Where can we research the latest terrain conditions? The conditions of the tracks and further information can be located on the QLD Government website. This site will let you know if there are any closures, warnings and general useful information.
How do we get to the starting point?
You will need to make your own way to Queensland Conference and Camping Centre at Mapleton on the evening of Friday 16 August 2019 by 7pm. If you need to arrive later than 7pm, please speak to the Hike to Beat Blood Cancer Event Manager, who will be in contact with you during your fundraising.
What time do we start?
We will be leaving the conference centre at 7am sharp on both days.
How much water should I bring?
Roughly 3-4L for each day of the walk. Camel packs are a great idea to bring.
Will my mobile work?
It depends on your network. Telstra and Optus have coverage for most of the walk.
Where will I be sleeping?
Accommodation is located at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre in Mapleton. It is basic multi-shared, dormitory style accommodation. Each dormitory room will sleep up to eight people. There are shared bathroom facilities. You may be required to share with someone unknown to you.
Please note: the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre is alcohol, drug and smoke free. The Mapleton Tavern is 1kM from the centre if you wish to partake in an evening beverage.
Is there alternative accommodation?
To keep the group together and for transport and catering reasons, all hikers are required to be accommodated at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre.
What will I need to pack?
Small day pack to carry:
- Water (sufficient for 32.5km hike)
- Required medication & bandaids for blisters
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Wet weather jacket
- Disposal bag for any litter
- Walking shoes
- Thick socks – Suggest you wear two pair each day (helps prevent rubbing)
- Sleeping bag for cold climate o
- Bottom sheet
- Appropriate climate clothing
- Thongs for shower
What happens if I am injured?
There will be First Aid Officers and kits located in each group. If injury does occur and participants cannot continue, they can remain at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre until a transfer back to their home is available. If a serious injury is incurred on the hike, group leaders will phone to contact the appropriate help.
What if there is bad weather?
The Leukaemia Foundation will be keeping in close contact with park rangers prior to the event. Hikers will be notified if there are any closures or the track is deemed unsuitable for the event. In the event of bad weather, the Hike to Beat Blood Cancer will be postponed until further notice.
What happens with our luggage while we hike?
A small overnight bag (carry-on luggage size) and daypack is all you will require for the walk. The overnight bag will be locked in your dormitory while you are hiking. Only bring what is necessary on the walk to keep your pack as light as possible.