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What is Red Socks Walk?

The Red Socks Walk is the rebrand of Kidney Health Australia’s biggest fundraising event of the year – the Red Socks Walk.

This year the Red Socks Walk will take place in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne on Sunday 10 October 2021.  You can take part in our  flagship events in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Adelaide, or sign up to host a local walk in your home town.

When is the Red Socks Walk?

The three flagship walks will take place on Sunday 10 October 2021. If you can’t make 10 October, we also encourage you to hold your own Red Socks Walk during October where you can choose the date and location.

Who can participate in the Red Socks Walk?

Anyone can participate in the Red Socks Walk. Children under the age of 6 are free, and dogs are also welcome . Find out the cost here

What time should I arrive on the day?

We encourage all walkers to arrive around 30minutes before the start time. This allows you to check in, visit the different tents and get your friends together for the start line. There is also speeches and entertainment before the walk commences.

What are the course options? Where does it go?

The courses and distances vary, but there will always be a short walk and a longer walk option available at each location. Check the event pages for all the details of your chosen event including course maps and exact distances. You’ll find the list of events here.

Is the course wheelchair/pram friendly?

Yes! We encourage you to bring along family members of all ages so ensure the tracks can cater for these.

Will I be timed?

As the walks are non-competitive they will not be timed.

Do I need to supply identification on race day?

Yes, you will collect your free Kidney Health Red Socks and registration pack on the day so you will need photo ID in order to collect them on the day. Please bring a copy of your driver’s licence, senior’s card or student card.

What is in my registration pack?

As part of your registration fee you will receive a free pair of Kidney Health Red Socks and a bib for you to write your motivation for walking on. Please bring safety pins to attach your bib to your t-shirt. There will be pins provided on the day, however these will be limited. 

Can I park at the event?

There is parking at each location, and the locations are accessible by public transport. 

Is there accessible parking?

Yes, but it is also limited. Only vehicles displaying a Disability Sticker will have access to these spaces. Please contact Kidney Health Australia at events@kidney.org.au to pre-register for an accessible parking space so we can make sure your needs are met.

What should I wear?

We strongly recommend comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Think about what you might wear at the gym.   As it is the Red Socks Walk, we encourage you to wear red and of course, fancy dress is always encouraged!

Is the event weather dependent?

There is a wet weather plan in place so it won’t be cancelled for a little bit of rain, be sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared for the elements. Safety is our number one priority. The race will be cancelled in extreme weather conditions or if it becomes unsafe. We will put notifications on the website, phone-line and Facebook if it is cancelled, and you will get an SMS alerting you about it too if you have supplied us with a mobile contact.

Can I walk with my dog?

We are SUPER excited to say that YES dogs are welcome to all Red Socks Walk events! Just be sure to take note of the terms and conditions for having your buddy there.

I haven’t received my ticket via email. What should I do?

You will be able to collect your bib and mark off your name on the day.

Will medical support be available along the course?

First aid teams will be located at the event village. If you have a need for them please make yourself known to either them or a course marshal.

Will there be ATM facilities at the walk? 

No. Most of our walks are in public parks with no ATM facilities. We recommend to bring cash if you would like to purchase anything on the day. 

I can't make the race. Are there other ways I can help?

Of course! There are a number of ways you can help out:

Organise your own Red Socks Walk with friends or colleagues on a day that suits you;

Register for a Red Socks Challenge and pledge your KMs whenever you like;

Give our Volunteer Coordinator a call on 1800 454 363 to see how you can help out before the event.

Donate to the Walk and help us reach our fundraising target of $480,000.

How do I register?

Click ‘register’ in the top right-hand corner of the Red Socks Walk website.

You will then need to choose which event you want to register for. You can then select the number of tickets you want to purchase. 

The registration fees for the Red Socks Walk pay for the cost of staging the events.  We encourage everyone to have a go at fundraising to support people living with kidney disease.

What does my entry fee cover?

  • Entry into the walk 
  • Race bib to personalise
  • Exclusive Kidney Health Red Socks 
  • A fundraising page to help you raise much needed funds for Kidney Health Australia

Where can I get a paper entry form?

If you don’t like putting your credit card details online, just call 1800 454 363 and one of our team members will be sure to get you sorted.

Is there an age limit?

This is an ‘all are welcome type of event’. However, if you’re between 16-17 years of age you will need parental permission and under the age of 16 you will need to be accompanied by an adult. 

What happens after I register?

Once you complete the registration process online you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt for your payment along with your fundraising page details. If you still have questions after reading those, feel free to give us a call for a chat on 1800 454 363. 

Can I register on the day?

Absolutely! You can register on the day, however there is a chance socks may run out on the day, so to avoid any disappointment and standing in line we recommend you register before the event. 

Why do I need to fundraise?

The registration fees for the Red Socks Walk pay for the cost of staging the events.  We encourage everyone to have a go at fundraising to support people living with kidney disease.  If everyone attending a Red Socks Walk event raised $300 we would achieve $1.5MILLION.

What do I do if I receive cash donations or a cheque?

The easiest thing is to make the payment yourself to your online page using your credit card with their cash. Remember to make it in the name of the person who donated though so they get the receipt. 

If you do not want to pay donations online, or you receive a cheque please fill out the paper sponsorship form from your pack and follow the steps on the form to return it to us.

Where does the money raised go?

Funds raised by the Red Socks Walk will go towards people affected by kidney disease and ensure more Australians protect their kidney health. You can find more about our impact on the Why we need your help page. 

I am no good with technology. How do I share my fundraising page on Facebook?

It’s simple! When you log into your fundraising page you should see the Facebook logo.  Just click on that icon and write what you would like to add.  

You can also do it from your Facebook account.  There you should see a box that asks you “What’s on your mind?” All you have to do is paste the link/URL that’s been emailed to you for your fundraising page into that box and copy and paste the text into the comments area. 

I want to fundraise but don’t know where to start…

Never fear there are so many things you can do! We have some fundraising tips to get you started, or simply call us to have a brainstorm and a chat!  We will being sending you emails to give you fundraising tips along the way.

Can people who donate get a tax deductible receipt?

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Anyone who donates through your online fundraising page will automatically be emailed their receipt.

Does it cost money to host your own Red Socks Walk?

It is completely free to sign up to host your own Red Socks Walk.

Do I need to get council permission and approval to use a local public space?

If you are using a local space it is best to check with the local council if you require permission to use it. Ask us about our Public Liability Insurance.

Do I need to raise a certain amount of money?

You don’t have to raise a certain amount of money to participate or host your own Red Socks Walk, however we do ask that you try to make fundraising a part of the event and encourage those who are participating with you to fundraise too.  You can set your goal to whatever you want the group to work towards, and we have heaps of great tips in your pack and will make this as easy as possible for everyone.

Does my Red Socks Walk need to be ticketed?

This is completely up to you. Some choose to ticket their event which helps raise money or cover some costs of the event. You can ticket your event through your event microsite and also sell on-the-day entry in person if you like. 

Others choose to not charge for the event and raise funds through other activities on the day such as a sausage sizzle or a raffle. This is totally up to you.

What promotional materials will be provided from Kidney Health Australia?

We can provide you with the following to help make the day successful:

  • Personalised Facebook cover photo and profile picture
  • Personalised digital promotional poster for your event
  • Digital promotional flyers
  • Event website

What should my challenge be?

Your Red Socks Challenge can be anything you wish. All we ask is that you complete it during the month of October and wear a pair of red socks. You can set a distance to run, walk, cycle, skip or hop. Some ideas include 60km over the month to represent the number of hours the average person spends on dialysis per month. Check out the fundraising guide for more ideas. 

Need help or advice?

If you would like to talk with one of our fundraising team please contact us:

E: redsocks@kidney.org.au | T: 1800 454 363