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What is the Big Red Kidney Walk?

The Big Red Kidney Walk is Kidney Health Australia’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Across September thousands of Australians unite together in red and walk to support people living with kidney disease. You can take part in our 5 flagship events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide, or sign up to host a local walk in your home town.

When is the Big Red Kidney Walk?

The five flagship walks will take place on Sunday, 8 September 2019. If you can’t make 8 September, we also encourage you to hold your own Big Red Kidney Walk during September where you can choose the date and location.

Who can participate in the Big Red Kidney Walk?

Anyone can participate in the Big Red Kidney Walk. Children under the age of 6 are free, and dogs are also welcome.

Event day

What time should I arrive on the day?

We encourage all walkers to arrive around 45 minutes before the start time. This allows you to check in, visit the different tents and get your friends together for the start line. There is also speeches and entertainment before the walk commences.

What are the course options? Where does it go?

The courses and distances vary, but there will always be a short walk and a longer walk option available at each location. Check the event pages for all the details of your chosen event including course maps and exact distances. You’ll find the list of events here.

Is the course wheelchair/pram friendly?

Yes! We encourage you to bring along family members of all ages so ensure the tracks can cater for these.

Will I be timed?

As the walks are non-competitive they will not be timed.

Do I need to supply identification on race day?

Yes, if your race pack hasn't been sent to you in advance you will need photo ID in order to collect your registration pack on the day. Please bring a copy of your driver’s licence, senior’s card or student card.

I haven’t received my bib. Can I pick one up on the day?

Yes, we will have spare bibs available at each of our major walks. Please remember to bring photo ID to collect your bib. 

Can I park at the event?

There is parking at each location, however, it is limited so we recommend that you carpool or catch public transport where possible.

Is there accessible parking?

Yes, but it is also limited. Only vehicles displaying a Disability Sticker will have access to these spaces. Please contact Kidney Health Australia at events@kidney.org.au to pre-register for an accessible parking space so we can make sure your needs are met.

What should I wear?

We strongly recommend comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Think about what you might wear at the gym. As it is the Big Red Kidney Walk, we encourage you to wear red and of course, fancy dress is always encouraged!

Is the event weather dependent?

There is a wet weather plan in place so it won’t be cancelled for a little bit of rain, be sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared for the elements. Safety is our number one priority. The race will be cancelled in extreme weather conditions or if it becomes unsafe. We will put notifications on the website, phone-line and Facebook if it is cancelled, and you will get an SMS alerting you about it too if you have supplied us with a mobile contact.

Can I walk with my dog?

We are SUPER excited to say that YES dogs are welcome to all Big Red Kidney Walk events in 2019! Just be sure to include your pooch as part of the registration process and take note of the terms and conditions for having your buddy there.

Will medical support be available along the course?

First aid teams will be located at the event village. If you have a need for them please make yourself known to either them or a course marshal.

I can't make the race. Are there other ways I can help?

Of course! There are a number of ways you can help out:

  • Organise your own Big Red Kidney Walk with friends or colleagues on a day that suits you;
  • Give our Volunteer Coordinator a call on 1800 464 363 to see how you can help out before the event.

Registration Fees

Why is there a registration fee?

The registration fees for the Big Red Kidney Walk pay for the cost of staging the events. We encourage everyone to have a go at fundraising to support people living with kidney disease.

How do I register?

Click ‘register’ in the top left hand corner of the Big Red Kidney Walk website.

You will then need to choose which event you want to register for. You can then select the number of tickets you want to purchase.

The registration fees for the Big Red Kidney Walk pay for the cost of staging the events. We encourage everyone to have a go at fundraising to support people living with kidney disease.

What does my entry fee cover?
  • Entry into the walk
  • Race bib to personalise
  • A chance to win a range of great fundraising incentives for amounts fundraised
  • A fundraising page to help you raise much needed funds for Kidney Health Australia
Where can I get a paper entry form?

If you don’t like putting your credit card details online, just call 1800 454 363 and one of our team members will be sure to get you sorted.

Is there an age limit for younger runners?

This is an ‘all are welcome type of event’. However, if you’re under 18 years of age be sure to grab an adult to accompany you.

What happens after I register?

Once you complete the registration process online you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt for your payment along with your fundraising page details. If you still have questions after reading those, feel free to give us a call on 1800 454 363 for a chat.

Can I register on the day?

Absolutely! As there is some extra admin involved for registering on the day, we do charge a little bit extra, so if you want to avoid standing in line AND save a few dollars while you’re at it, we strongly urge you to register ahead of time.


How do i join a team?

It’s easy to create a team of walkers:

  • If you have already registered - log into your account, go to your account dashboard, and within your fundraising details, you can join a team.
  • If you haven’t registered - you can choose to create or join a team when you set up your fundraising page.


Why do I need to fundraise?

The registration fees for the Big Red Kidney Walk pay for the cost of staging the events. We encourage everyone to have a go at fundraising to support people living with kidney disease. If everyone attending a Big Red Kidney Walk event raised $300 we would achieve $1.5MILLION.

What do I do if I receive cash donations or a cheque?

The easiest thing to do make the payment yourself to your online page using your credit card with their cash. Remember to make it in the name of the person who donated though so they get the receipt.

If you do not want to pay donations online, or you receive a cheque please fill out the paper sponsorship form from your pack and follow the steps on the form to return it to us.

Where does the money raised go?

Funds raised by the Big Red Kidney Walk will go towards people affected by kidney disease and ensure more Australians protect their kidney health. You can find more about our impact here.

I am no good with technology. How do I share my fundraising page on Facebook?

It’s simple! When you log into your fundraising page you should see the Facebook logo. Just click on that icon and write what you would like to add.

You can also do it from your Facebook account. There you should see a box that asks you “What’s on your mind?” All you have to do is paste the link/URL that’s been emailed to you for your fundraising page into that box and copy and paste the text into the comments area.

I want to fundraise but don’t know where to start…

Never fear there are so many things you can do! We have some fundraising tips to get you started, or simply call us to have a brainstorm and a chat! We will being sending you emails to give you fundraising tips along the way.

Can people who donate get a tax-deductible receipt?

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Anyone who donates through your online fundraising page will automatically be emailed their receipt.

Does it cost money to register?

It is completely free to sign up to host your own Big Red Kidney Walk.

Do I need to get council permission and approval to use a local public space?

If you are using a local space it is best to check with the local council if you require permission to use it. Ask us about our Public Liability Insurance.

Do I need to raise a certain amount of money?

You don’t have to raise a certain amount of money to participate or host your own Big Red Kidney Walk, however we do ask that you try to make fundraising a part of the event and encourage those who are participating with you to fundraise too. You can set your goal to whatever you want the group to work towards, and we have heaps of great tips in your pack and will make this as easy as possible for everyone.

Does my Big Red Kidney Walk need to be ticketed?

This is completely up to you. Some choose to ticket their event which helps raise money or cover some costs of the event. You can ticket your event through your event microsite and also sell on-the-day entry in person if you like.

Others choose to not charge for the event, and raise funds through other activities on the day such as a sausage sizzle or a raffle. This is totally up to you.

What promotional materials will be provided from Kidney Health Australia?

We can provide you with the following to help make the day successful:

  • Personalised Facebook cover photo and profile picture
  • Personalised digital promotional poster for your event
  • Digital promotional fliers
  • Event website

Need help or advice?

If you would like to have a chat before registering please contact our events team:

E: events@kidney.org.au
T: 1800 454 363