Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to questions our users ask.
You can complete Walk for WAGEC by walking 5km or running 10km on Sunday, 2nd May 2021. You can also walk or run virtually anytime between 9am Monday 26th April to 12pm Sunday 2nd May, 2021.
The Walk will begin and end at Centennial Park, NSW. Be sure to arrive no later than 8:00am to check-in for a 9:00am start. You will receive check-in and registration details on sign-up.
Money you raise by taking part in the Walk for WAGEC will help women and their families walk away from violence.
WAGEC has taken active steps to create programs that build financial independence, nurture healing and well-being, enrich children’s development and prevent violence from happening in the first place.
To operate these programs we rely on community and philanthropic donations. All funds will provide empower women to build safe futures for themselves and their families.
To find out more, visit the WHY WALK section of the website.
$20 provides a child with an Essentials Welcome Pack to help them feel at home at WAGEC
$50 can fill a Mum’s patrol tank so she can get her kids safely to school each day
$100 gives a teenager three personal tutoring sessions to help them keep up at school
$150 provides a supported playgroup session providing learning for kids and mums
$200 provide a therapeutic family workshop for mums and kids to heal together
$500 provides a safety plan for a woman and her children in crisis
$750 provides a woman with a month of personalised support with our in house psychologist
$1000 helps a family establish a safe new home
Yes. WAGEC is a registered charity with Deductible Gift
Recipient (DGR) status, which means you will receive a tax deductible receipt
for any donation of $2 or more.
Absolutely! If you cannot make the Walk in person on the day, we still encourage you to fundraise and complete a 5km walk or 10 km run on or in the week leading up to Sunday, 2nd May, 2021. Every dollar raised will help us reach our $100,000 target whether you are walking with us at Centennial Park, participating virtually and/or at another location that you suits your needs. Share your participation with us by posting on social media and tagging us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn with the hashtags #walkforwagec #walkawayfromviolence #whereimwalking
If you are walking in-person, you will receive a Walk for WAGEC Entry Kit on arrival. If you are walking virtually, you will receive your kit in the mail before 26th April.
You will receive a training plan on sign up, and if you plan to run 10km you can also train in weekly sessions with our friends The Run for Good Project. Contact Ben at [email protected] for details.
We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at The Run for Good Project for their help in planning and organising for this event.
Your Walk for WAGEC Entry Kit includes a signature Walk for WAGEC tote bag.
All participants that raise $500 will receive a signature Walk for WAGEC T-shirt in their kit.T-shirts and tote bags will be available to purchase on the day of the Walk (until sold out). T-shirts will also be available on our shop for purchase.
01. Personalise your page
One woman is killed each week in Australia at the hands of her current or former partner. Gender-based violence takes a profound toll on women, children and communities. This is why we have taken active steps to create programs that build financial independence, nurture healing and well-being, enrich children’s development and prevent violence from happening in the first place. To operate these programs, we rely on community and philanthropic donations. That’s why we need you to walk. By walking for WAGEC, you will be giving women and families what they need to walk away from violence and create safe futures.
02. Explain why their donation matters
It takes all of us to build safe futures for women and children. To explain to your network why their support is so important, refer to your Donation Pitch (pg. 06).
Let your supporters know that funds raised will build:
• build financial independence
• nurture healing and well-being
• enrich children’s development
• and prevent violence from happening in the first place
03. Set an ambitious but achievable target
Set a high target because this encourages people to donate more! Try to be realistic at the same time about how much you can raise so that you can hit your goal.
04. Make the first donation a good one
Be strategic about who you ask for your first donation. The first donation often sets the mark for future donations. You could also think about making the first donation yourself – when people see how serious you are about the cause, they will be more inspired to give.
05. Share your page and tell people how you will complete the work
Share your page through different channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email, Text, and WhatsApp. In your posts. If you’re walking virtually, highlight the ways you will complete your steps, you can encourage your friends to make different suggestions! You can also use the donation pitch we’ve prepared to help explain why people should donate. Make sure to tag #walkforwagec #walkawayfromviolence #whereimwalking
06. Ask for a specific amount
Sometimes people feel more comfortable donating when they know how much you want them to give. Ask them for a specific amount so that they don’t have to think about it and understand that every dollar counts. You can use our social media tiles to ask for a specific amount and explain to them how that donation helps. Think about who your audience is when setting your amount.
07. Share with your potential donors what’s in it for them
Explain to people how they will benefit from donating. This could mean explaining how their donation will help (see next step), reminding them that all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, or even giving special donors a shout out on the day.
08. Remind your friends and keep donors engaged
Sometimes people want to donate but have forgotten to do so. Your friends will appreciate the reminder that there is still time to donate. You can also remind your friends by creating an online community with your donors. Encourage donors to suggest ways to walk, or even set you challenges to help you train for your walk or run.
09. Keep people updated on your progress and thank your donors
Share updates about how much you’ve raised, how much you still need donated to hit your target. Engage your audience by sharing progress through video messages! Be sure to thank people who have donated and make them feel good about what they’ve contributed! This might even inspire people to give more.
10. Increase your target
If you hit your target, you can raise it through your profile page!
Both! While social media is great for sharing updates with your friends, research has shown that email is even more effective at generating donations.
Here are some suggestions for making your email asks effective:
- Make it personal. Tell people why you are raising funds for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
- Always include a link to your online fundraising page in your emails.
You can also use social media to:
- reach out to your friends and family and ask them to make a donation
- keep your friends up-to-date with your progress – including photos
- share updates about Walk for WAGEC
- thank your supporters by posting a message on Facebook
Thanking your donors is one of the most important things you will do in your fundraising.
To thank your donor, you can follow the link from the donation notification email you will receive, or log in and thank your donor from your profile page.
We encourage you to complete Walk for WAGEC with a team which could include your work colleagues, friends or family members. Whether you complete the Walk individually or as part of a team, you can inspire members of your community to get involved in some friendly competition and see who can raise the most amount of money to support families escaping domestic violence.
You will have the option to create or join a team during registration or from your individual fundraising page after you’ve registered. You can find more information about teams here.
Your fundraising page will be live until 31st July 2021 to give you plenty of time to reach out to your supporters before and after the walk.
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For more information on WAGEC, you can visit our website and follow us on social media:
Alternatively, email [email protected] or call 0432 397 572 for any questions.
How can I get support for myself or someone I know if I have been affected by domestic violence?
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, you have options:
Always dial 000 in an emergency
Domestic Violence Line:
1800 656 463 or facs.nsw.gov.au
1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au
NSW Rape & DV Services:
1800 424 017 or rape-dvservices.org.au
13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
1800 152 152 or facs.nsw.gov.au/housing/help/