General Event Info
What is Rotary #walkwithus?
This October, we are challenging you to walk, run or roll 10, 20 or 50km throughout the month and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world.
How does it work?
1. Sign up – Sign up to walk or run as many km’s as you like through the month of October.
2. Get a team together – Getting on the journey with friends, family or colleagues will be more fun.
3. Walk with Us! Track your journey goal and aim to get yourself on our leaderboard.
When and where is Rotary Walk With Us 2023?
Rotary Walk With Us 2023 is an online fitness challenge which runs for one month from 1st October 2023 to 31st October 2023. You decide where and when to complete your challenge.
We are bringing back in-person events this year, although attending them is entirely optional!
What do I have to do?
Walk, run or roll 10, 20 or 50km throughout the month and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world. Wherever you live, whatever your fitness level, you can decide where, when and how you Walk With Us to end Polio. Setting a challenging personal goal will make it more likely others will sponsor you.
Will there be an in-person events this year?
We are planning in person walks on the weekends during October in various parts of Victoria.
The month will be launched on 1 October at a walk in Altona.
Details of all the in person walks are on the Events Page on this website.
Who can register?
Anyone! You don't need to be a Rotarian or Rotaractor. Whether you’re an individual, a team, a bunch of mates, or an entire sports club or a person with a Great Dane or 3 – registering for Rotary’s Walk With Us is easier than you might think. If you’re under 16, you’ll just have to get parental consent first (it’s a legal thing) – but use it as an excuse to get them signed up too! Click here to download our Parental Consent Form (see doc wwu2020). Once complete send a scanned copy or photograph to End.Polio@rotary9800.org.
How much does it cost to register?
It’s completely free to register and participate in Rotary Walk With Us.
Donations and Fundraising
Where do the funds go that I raise?
Every dollar you raise will go towards funding vital Polio eradication efforts. 100% of all funds raised with go directly to Rotary’s End Polio Now program. Every dollar is matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Want to find out more? Head to https://www.endpolio.org/
Is there a minimum amount I have to raise?
Nope, there is no minimum! We definitely encourage you to fundraise and share your activities with others, but you aren't required for raise a specific minimum amount.
Where do I find a tax-deductible receipt?
Tax-deductible receipts will be issued from The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust (TARFT) for donations made in Australia of $2 or more. These will be sent via email as soon as the event has concluded at the end of October. Due to the large volume of donations, it may take some time but it is anticipated that they will be sent in November.
How do I update my fundraising goal?
Login to your Rotary Walk With Us account and head to your dashboard. Click on ‘Edit my page’ and update your fundraising goal.
What resources are available?
We want to make fundraising easy, so we have some great resources to help you do that. Your best tool is your online fundraising page – easy to set up and easy to share. It is the best way to get donations and spread the word about your Rotary Walk With Us. From your fundraising page dashboard you can also download your event guide as well event posters, social posts and email signatures. All available to help your Rotary Walk With Us challenge a success.
How do I bank any offline fundraising money I raise?
The best way to bank your offline fundraising money is through your online fundraising page with your credit card. Your total fundraising amount will then be shown on your page.
Can I use the Facebook Donate feature to raise money for this event?
We strongly encourage you to share your fundraising efforts on Facebook with your friends and family, and post a link to your fundraiser on your profile! This is our preferred option to Facebook's built-in donations feature
Facebook's built-in donations feature does still raise money for Rotary's efforts doesn't have the ability to track donations through your fundraising page on our site. If you'd like people to donate to your fundraiser this October, please share you efforts by posting a link to your fundraiser page on our site.
What kind of activity counts for this event?
Whatever works for you! We welcome everyone to walk, run, or roll their way to get active and raise money to eradicate Polio. This can out around your local suburbs, parks, or even the treadmill in your living room!
How do I log my distances online?
For detailed instructions on how to link your fundraising page to your fitness app, see here.
You can log your steps in two ways:
- Link your page to a fitness tracker or app
We are linked to FitBit, mapmyfitness and Strava to automatically sync with your fundraising page and add to your kilometre tracker each time you record an activity.
You can use your smartphone to download FitBit, mapmyfitness or Strava to get started. After creating an account with your preferred app, login to your Rotary Walk With Us account and head to the ‘My Fitness Activity’ tab to connect to your fitness app.
Please allow 24 hours for your activity to show up on your fundraising page.
- Log your steps manually
To log distances manually, simply login to your online fundraising page and head to the ‘My Fitness Activity’ to record your activity.
Can I start recording my distances in the lead up to October?
As Rotary Walk With Us takes place in October, it is only then that you will be able to track your steps. But you can certainly get out and start getting some practice in before then.
Rotary Foundation Recognition Points
What are Rotary Foundation Recognition Points?
The Rotary Foundation recognizes donors through the Donor Recognition program. Donations made count towards particular recognitions, including Paul Harris Fellows, Sustaining Members, Major Donors, and others. Donations made by registered individuals to Rotary Walk With Us are eligible for these recognition points.
For more information about the program generally, please visit the Rotary Donor Recognition site.
How are my donations counted?
When registering as a walker, Rotarians are asked to provide their Rotary ID. Any donations that an individual makes, whether to themselves or to others, are credited to their Rotary ID.
If you haven't provided your Rotary ID yet, please get in touch with us through the Contact Us form, and we can record it
Do the funds I raise from others count to my recognition points?
Recognition points are counted towards the donor themselves, rather than the walker who is fundraising. This also means if you're already walking, you can also donate to other friends who are walking, and still receive your recognition as well!
Example 1: Riley is walking and fundraising. Taylor, who is not walking, donates to Riley. Taylor receives the recognition points.
Example 2: Ash is walking and fundraising. Ash donates to Alex, who is also walking and fundraising. Ash receives the recognition points.