When does the virtual event occur?
A: Try to host your own virtual Big Red Roll + Stroll with your crew on Sunday, 19 March 2023. But feel free to do at anytime/date in March.
The kick-off time is 11:00am, so jump on social media and share your photos with us!
How does the virtual event work?
A: If you can't participate in person you are invited to take part in the Big Red Roll + Stroll virtually from your own community anywhere across NSW.
Challenge yourself to run, roll or stroll for 3km (social), 5km (serious) or 10km (hardcore!) on a route of your choice.
Invite family and friends to join you, by registering online as a team and celebrate together. Or get your local gym involved and invite your crew to hop on the treadmills together for 3km, 5km or 10kms or distance of you choosing for a good cause.
We’ll give you tips on fundraising, how to plan your celebration and how to invite your family, friends, and local community to join you.
Where will the virtual event be held?
A: You can hold your walk/run/roll/stroll and celebration wherever you like! Please look out for our email tips or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8986 9003 with any questions. Be creative, take a lot of photos, post online, host a BBQ, an afternoon tea, or have a special take-away, play some games, sing, and chat, and we can all share in the fun and celebrate the day together as we all roll and stroll at the same time.
Do you suggest any locations to do the challenge?
A: Yes, please find the accessible routes around NSW here.
A: The safety of our neuromuscular condition’s community is always our highest priority and due to the Covid-19 situation, we ask all BRRS participants celebrating the day with their friends and family virtually or at Parramatta Park to comply with the up-to-date state Covid-19 regulations.
Where is the physical event being held?
A: The physical event will be held at the Bowling Green at Parramatta Park, near the Gatehouse Tea Rooms. The Bowling Green is easily accessible with onsite parking, graded paths and flat grass area. There are accessible toilets and a large shade area for relaxing out of the elements.
How do I get to the event and is there parking?
A: There are a number of parking spaces right next to the Bowling Green, including accessible parking spots. Please arrive early to secure your space.
Parramatta Park is on the western edge of the Parramatta CBD and is an easy walk from Parramatta and Westmead railway stations or the Rivercat terminal and is serviced by the free Parramatta Shuttle bus.
Please find complete transport information on the park's website here.
What should I wear and bring with me?
A: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a day outside and suitable for the walk/run/roll/stroll. We suggest purchasing one of our merchandise shirts, hats, sunnies or flags or coming in MDNSW colours - red if you have a neuromuscular condition, blue if your are supporting someone with a neuromuscular condition, white in memoriam of a loved one! We encourage fancy dress and cheer props if you'll be celebrating from the sidelines.
Bring a re-usable water bottle, sunscreen, picnic blanket and spare cash or card for donations or additional purchases. Please also bring any additional or specialty food or drinks you might require in addition to the BBQ.
What happens if it rains?
A: The Big Red Roll and Stroll physical or virtual event will go ahead rain or shine, unless there is a significant weather warning, or it becomes dangerous to participants due to lightning, storms or strong winds.
Participants should be prepared for all weather conditions - bring your raincoat and some good cheer to Parramatta Park and we will notify you if we need to cancel* the event.
*However, if we cancel the physical event to severe weather conditions you still have the option to create an indoor fitness challenge for yourself/friends or go to your local gym to complete the challenge there. You should be prepared for all weather conditions and if you can’t complete your challenge on the day, you can still celebrate the MD community with your friends and family and do the challenge at another time, when the weather is more cooperative!
Will I get a race bib?
A: No, as this is a non-competitive event we will not be using race bibs.
What should I do when I arrive at the event?
A: Please proceed to the welcome stall and check in with our team.
What will the walk, run, roll or stroll course be like?
A: Our 3km loop course is accessible to all - you can even bring your dog along! It is a paved, flat loop that circles through beautiful Parramatta Park with views of bush, wetlands and interesting sculptures along the way. Water stations, accessible toilets and rest areas will be located along the route as well. We'll have cheer squads and volunteers along the way to mark the path and encourage you towards the finish line!
Are there rest sites, water and accessible toilets along the course?
A: Yes, there are rest sites along the course with facilities including accessible toilets and water. We will upload a map of those places here soon.
Is there a secure place where I can store my things during the walk, run, roll or stroll?
A: Unfortunately we are not providing a secure place for you to store your belongings. Please keep your valuable items with you at all times.
What's happening at the Event Village?
A: Celebrate, laugh, learn and reconnect with friends at our Event Village with fun and entertainment for all! We'll have community information stalls, games, silent auction, raffles, coffee van and sizzles for everyone's enjoyment.
Are there any prizes?
A: Yes! Great prizes are up for grabs for the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraisers so keep up the great work!
Can I take my dog on the course and in the event village?
A: Yes, you are welcome to bring your dog; however, you are responsible for its behaviour on the course. Please consider the enjoyment of other participants by keeping your dog on a leash at all times and cleaning up any mess it makes.
What happens if the event needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather or Covid-19?
A: We will notify you as soon as possible if the physical event needs to be cancelled. All physical event registrants will be encourage to join the virtual event instead.
What kind of merchandise do you have?
A: We have a range of merchandise available for pre-purchase including adults and kids’ shirts, hats, sunnies and flags. Please view and purchase merchandise here.
Where can I buy your merchandise?
A: You can purchase merchandise during your event registration, or on our merchandise page here.
When will I receive my purchased merchandise?
A: We will ship your merchandise to the address you registered with. Please order your merchandise before Sunday 12th March so that it can arrive to you on time.
What if I don't want to purchase merchandise but still want to be in the spirit?
A: Please wear red (I have a neuromuscular condition), blue (in support to a friend/family member with a neuromuscular condition) and white (in memoriam of a loved one) or all these colours in celebration of people living with a neuromuscular condition (including Muscular Dystrophy) to join in the Muscular Dystrophy NSW colours and spirit! We also encourage fancy dress and cheer props.
Is fundraising required?
A: This is a community fundraising event so we highly encourage you to fundraise. Every dollar you raise will go directly to supporting people with a neuromuscular condition access the services and support they need to live the life they choose. Every dollar counts!
Where does my money go?
A: Your fundraising goes directly to supporting people with a neuromuscular condition through MDNSW’s services and programs including camps, retreats, support coordination, peer connect, the community access, recreation service, information and advocacy. Every dollar raised makes a real difference in the life of someone living with a neuromuscular condition. Read more about how you help here.
Do you have any tips, ideas or support for fundraising?
Do you have any prizes for fundraising?
A: Yes! We will be awarding prizes for the #1 individual fundraiser and #1 team fundraisers who raise the most funds. Along with some great incentive prizes through the way!
What is the best way to get sponsors and collect money for my fundraising?
A: The best way is to share your fundraising page with your friends, family and workmates and ask people to donate directly to your online page. This provides them with an instant tax-deductible receipt and means you can keep track of your fundraising efforts. Just include a link to your fundraising page on your social posts, emails and texts when you ask for donations.
You can also host your own fundraising event and collect cash, and any offline donation we can add to your online page.
Can people who donate get a tax deductible receipt?
A: All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Anyone who donates through your online page will be instantly emailed their receipt. If someone gives you cash you’ll need to fill out our receipt form or deposit it onto your page using their details so they are generated a receipt.
What is the Big Red Roll and Stroll Dollar Match Day?
A: Dollar Match Day is an event that happens during the Big Red Roll and Stroll campaign to help you double your donations and impact on the day. Every dollar you raise on Tuesday 14th March, will be matched it up to $30,000, doubling the impact you'll have for people living with neuromuscular conditions.
What is Matched Giving at your workplace?
A: 70% of companies in Australia offer ‘matching funding’ as part of their employee benefits. This means they support their employees’ charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar. It is a great way to double your fundraising efforts – and all you need to do is ask. Speak to your HR department and ask them for their support. We can provide your company with any documentation they may need, including tax-deductible receipts, information about what we do and a letter of thanks and recognition.
How do I deposit cash donations?
A: If you receive cash and cheque donations in person rather than online, we will supply you with: A Donation Register and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form to bank your funds. Just let us know if you need these documents or contact us at 02 8986 9003 or email@example.com to discuss this further.
Why should I create a team?
A: Everything is better when you do it together! Why not turn your family, friends, workplace or school into a team for a truly unforgettable time. Your crew will bring an extra dose of fun and you can work together to smash your fundraising goal! Check out more reasons to make a team here.
How do I create a team?
A: Teams can be set up during registration, or afterwards by selecting on your Dashboard. Contact us if you need any assistance.
How do I join a team?
A: First you have to register to the event as an individual and then join or create a team. During registration, you will be able to search for the team you'd like to join. Once registered, search for the team you'd like to join, and simply click on the Join Us button on the team page while logged in to your own account. This will automatically connect you to the team.