FAQs

FAQs

The Virtual Event

How does the Virtual event work? 

If you are unable to join us for the Parramatta Park event we invite you to take part in the Big Red Roll + Stroll virtually from your own community. We encourage you to invite family and friends to join you, by registering online and all participating together. Or get your local gym involved and invite your crew to hop on the treadmills together for 3kms for a good cause. We’ll give you tips on selecting your own 3km route, how to plan your celebration and how to invite your family, friends and local community to join you.

You can host your own Big Red Roll + Stroll with your crew on the same day and time as the main event, so that we can all share in the fun togehter as we roll and stroll at the same time, post our photos together online, and celebrate the day virtually together. But in the end it's up to you - you can host your virtual Big Red Roll + Stroll anytime it works for you and your team mates.

Where will the virtual event be held? 

If you're participating virtually, you can hold your run/roll/stroll and celebration wherever you like! Please look out for our email tips, or get in touch with us at fundraising@mdnsw.org.au or 8986 9003 with any questions or for advice.

Physical Event Day

Where is the physical event being held? 

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.

Click here to see a map of the park or browse the park's website here.


How do I get to the event and is there parking? 

There are a number of free 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? 

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a day outside and suitable for the run/roll/stroll. We suggest purchasing one of our merchandise shirts, hats or flags or coming in MDNSW colours - red! We encourage fancy dress and cheer props if you'll be celebrating from the sidelines.

Bring a re-usable water bottle, sun cream, 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.

Will I get a race bib? 

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? 

Please check in with our Covid marshalls first, then proceed to check in for the event with our welcome team.


What will the run/roll/stroll course be like? 

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. There will also be a 1.5km loop for those with mobility concerns. 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!

Will there be a shorter loop if I don't want to complete the entire 3kms? 

Yes, there will be a shorter 1.5km loop for anyone who wishes for a shorter challenge.

Are there rest sites, water and accessible toilets along the course? 

Yes, there will be 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 run/roll/stroll?

Yes, your gear can be stored in a secure area for a (cash only) donation.

What's happening at the Event Village? 

Laugh, learn and reconnect with friends in our Event Village with fun and entertainment for all! We'll have community information stalls, giant lawn games, roving performers, coffee card and BBQ picnic for everyone's enjoyment. 

What happens if it rains?

The Big Red Roll + Stroll will go ahead rain or shine unless there is a significant danger to participants because of lightning, storms or strong winds. Participants should be prepared for all weather conditions - bring your raincoat and some good cheer. We will notify you if we need to cancel the event.


Can I take my dog on the course and in the event village? 

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 is your Covid-19 safety plan? 

We are committed to ensuring the Big Red Roll + Stroll is a Covid-19 safe event, and have a number of procedures in place to secure everyone's safety, which you can read about here.


What happens if the event needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather or Covid-19?

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. 

You will have the option to donate the cost of your registration fee back to MDNSW, or receive a full refund for your registration fee. All donations raised will be non-refundable.

Merchandise

What kind of merchadise do you have? 

We have a range of merchandise for pre-purchase including adults and kids shirts, hats and flags. Please view and purchase merchandise here.


Where can I buy your merchandise?

You can purchase merchandise during your event registration, on our merchandise page here, or at the physical event at Parramatta Park.

When will I receive my purchased merchandise? 

If you are attending the Parramatta Park event you can pick up your pre-purchased merchandise, or purchase additional merchandise at the event. We have chosen not to mail merchandise to reduce posting costs and reduce the risk that merchandise my not arrive at your home in time for the event if the mail is slow.

If you are attending the virtual event we will ship your merchandise to the address you registered with. 


What if I don't want to purchase merchandise but still want to be in the spirit?

Please wear red to join in the Muscular Dystrophy NSW colours and spirit! We also encourage fancy dress and cheer props - bonus points if they're red!

Fundraising 

Is fundraising required? 

Every dollar you raise will go directly to supporting people with muscular dystrophy access the services and support they need to live the life they choose. By fundraising a minimum of $100 you can provide these critical services, and reaching this minimum goal can be as easy as a social media post asking your community of friends and family to support you with a kind donation.


Where does my money go?

Your fundraising goes directly to supporting people with MD through services including camps, retreats, workshops, Peer Connect and Community Access and Recreation Service. Every dollar raised makes a real difference in the life of someone with MD. Read more about how you help here.


Do you have any tips, ideas or help for fundraising? 

Yes! Please check out our awesome fundraising idea here, and download our easy copy/paste templates at our fundraising resources page here. You can also contact us anytime for advice or questions at 02 8986 9003 or fundraising@mdnsw.org.au. Look out for fundraising tips in our weekly emails as well.

Do you have any prizes for fundraising? 

Yes! We will be awarding prizes for the #1 individual fundraiser and #1 team fundraisers who raise the most funds.

What is the best way to collect fundraising money?

The best way to get people donating, is directly through 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 an event or collect cash, in which case we have some forms to help you stay organised.


Can people who donate get a tax deductible receipt?

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 Matched Giving?

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?

If you receive cash and cheque donations in person rather than online, we will supply you with 3 documents: An Authority to Fundraise (required for any offline fundraising), A Donation Register, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form to bank your funds. Just let us know if you need these documents by contacting us at 1 800 635 109 or fundraising@mdnsw.org.au

Teams

Why should I create a team?

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! Plus, we'll have prizes for best team name, best team theme and most team spirit to inspire you! Check out more reasons to make a team here.


Do you have any prizes for teams? 

Yes! We have prizes for best team name, best team theme, and most team spirit. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

How do I create a team?

Teams can be set up during registration, or afterwards by selecting on your Dashboard. Contact us if you need assistance.

How do I join 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.


Terms & Conditions

Covid safe

We are committed to ensuring the Big Red Roll + Stroll is a Covid-19 safe event, and have a number of procedures in place to secure everyone's safety, which you can read about here.


Photographs and video

There will be a photographer and videographer onsite, and photos and videos taken may be used by MDNSW for future promotions. During your registration you were asked to accept our specific Photography and Videography Statement conditions, which will apply to the event day. Please advise MDNSW staff when you check in if you or anyone in your party would not like to be photographed or filmed, so we can identify you to the photographer.


Terms & Conditions

If you would like to review a copy of the Event Terms & Conditions you agreed to during your event registration, please find them here