Walk-a-thon or Colour Run

Adaptive Walk-a-thon or Colour Run

A walk-a-thon or colour run with a difference!

Opportunities to move and ‘find your 30’ are more important than ever during times like these. While you may not be able to exercise with a group of friends or colleagues – you can still set a challenge and get moving!

The below ideas are not able to be done virtually, but hopefully they’ll act as thought-starters for ones that can.

Let your students walk in the shoes of a Para-athlete for the day. They can choose to adapt their participation in any way they like, otherwise, here are some suggestions:

  • Walk with a blind fold supported by a partner.
  • Walk with one hand behind their back.

Students could also wear green and gold to support the Australian Paralympic Team.

Set-up your fundraising page and then ask your students to collect money from their families and friends based on the degree of difficulty and/or the length of their walk. OR choose an amount to request for completing the course.

Tips for organising

1

Planning

  • Set a date that suits your school calendar.
  • Promote the day through your school newsletter, website and Facebook Group, as well as in notes sent home.
  • Set up a fundraising page to share with the community.
2

On the day

  • Organise a safe route.
  • Assign volunteers to checkpoints on the route.
  • Ensure students have access to water and sun protection.

Tips

  • Try to encourage a team of people within the school to help organise the day. This could include parents, teachers, senior students and community members.
  • Assign small tasks to all volunteers to prevent any one person from becoming overwhelmed. Use the checklist below to ensure all tasks are accounted for.
  • Set up a fundraising page for your school and encourage parents to share it.
  • Let everyone know why it is important to help raise funds for Paralympics Australia. Distribute our “Why fundraise for Paralympics Australia” fact sheet early on and continue to communicate the information within it wherever possible.
  • Encourage students to set a goal and create a plan to achieve that goal.
  • Ask students to practice their ‘adaption’ at school, and to talk about how it made them feel.
  • Ask students to choose a current Australian Para-athlete to walk for. They could research that athlete and share what they’ve learned with their supporters.

Checklist

  • Confirm a route, checkpoints and supervision. If the route is outside school grounds, notify your local police or other relevant authority.
  •  Register your event with Paralympics Australia and set up your fundraising page.
  • Create a timeline for the distribution of sign-on sheets and collection of funds raised.
  • Communicate updates to students and parents.
  • Formulate a contingency plan for wet weather.