Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I Walk My Way?
  • Can I run instead of walk?
    • Yes, runners are very welcome; however, be aware that there will not be a vehicle to carry packs. Also, there will be limited (or no) drink stations along the way.

  • Run?? I can hardly walk!
    • That’s OK! There are lots of different ways you can still join in.

      The Barossa Valley Walk My Way has a number of shorter options. Or you may like to do most of your 26km across a number of days leading up to the Walk - and simply join us for 2.5km or 5km to complete your Walk. There are also options suitable for wheelchairs and prams to Wheel My Way. Simply choose whatever suits you best when you register.

      If you’re not up to walking at all, you may like to set yourself another challenge - play 26 games, knit 26 blankets, read 26 books in 26 weeks (or days??). You can register for your own challenge here.

      If a challenge isn’t really your thing, there are so many other ways to participate. Sponsor a walkersponsor a team or simply donate. Pray. Volunteer*. Please get in touch to find out how you can help!

  • How much does it cost?
    • Registration is $52 for an Adult, $26 for a Child, and $104 for a Family (up to 4 kids). This kicks off your help - adult rego supports TWO refugee children to go to school, child rego ONE, family rego FOUR!

      PLUS, the LLL (Lutheran Laypeople's League) encourages you to fundraise to help more children go to school, by giving you: a Walk T-shirt, + Yeti Towel + Big Box Barossa Brekkie + ‘Saintly’ Sausage Sizzle lunch + finish line surprise!

  • Can I register as a team with my family or friends?
    • Yes! It’s easy to create or join a team. Simply register for Barossa Valley, and you’ll be guided through the process.

  • How do I share my fundraising page?
    • When you view your page, you will see a ‘Share’ button alongside the usual ‘Donate’ button. When you click on ‘Share’, you will see various options to share via Facebook, SMS, Email or to Copy the link.

  • Are donations tax-deductible?
    • Yes! Donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Your friends and family can donate any amount they like to support you. Every $26 can help a refugee child in East Africa go to school for a whole year!

      Your family and friends can find you or your team here. You can also share the link to your personal fundraising page on Facebook or by email.

  • What do I do with cash donations from family and friends?
    • Follow these easy steps:

      1. Deposit the funds into the ALWS account, details as follows:

      • Commonwealth Bank, Account name: ALWS Overseas Aid Fund
      • Account number: 0093 0721
      • BSB: 062 500
      • Reference: Your full name + postcode + WMW (if space allows!)

      Send an email to alws@alws.org.au with the following details:

      • Your name
      • The amount deposited
      • The date deposited
      • The full names, addresses, email addresses and amount donated of any of your supporters who require a tax receipt and/or who wish to be acknowledged on your fundraising page (note that we can’t issue receipts to ‘Nan’ or ‘Aunt Mary’ - full names are required!) It may be easiest to download this sheet and use it when collecting cash donations - then you can just attach it to your email to ALWS when you pay in the funds.

      3. We’ll take care of the rest! We’ll send out receipts to your supporters who need them, and add their names to your fundraising page so their donation is added to your total. Hooray!

  • Who’s organising Walk My Way?
    • Walk My Way is an initiative of Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Overseas Aid and Resettlement Agency. You can find out more about ALWS here.

  • What does this have to do with The GRACE Project?
    • Walk My Way is part of The GRACE Project, which has helped more than 46,000 refugee children to go to school since 2019!

  • Got more questions?
    • If you’ve got questions about the Barossa Valley Walk My Way, check the event page. If your question isn’t answered there, or you’d still like help, simply get in touch! Call us on 1300 763 407 or email Kirra at walkmyway@alws.org.au

*IMPORTANT: ALWS works to protect the dignity and rights of all people, especially children, both overseas and in Australia. All volunteers must read and abide by this Child Safeguarding Policy. Please email completed form to walkmyway@alws.org.au by 27/4/2020. Alternatively, you can mail it to ALWS PO Box 488 Albury NSW 2640.

Thank you for sharing your time to help refugee kids go to school.