55 for 5 FAQs

The rules of the event

  1. All participants must be aged 18 or over on 18 August 2017.
  2. Running or jogging is prohibited as part of 55 for 5. It is a condition of our permit to hike in the national park that participants do not run or jog.
  3. 55 for 5 is a group activity. All hikers are required to stay within their assigned group and observe reasonable directions of the walk leader. If an individual fails to observe reasonable direction of the walk leader, 55 for 5 is no longer responsible for the individual.
  4. Under no circumstances are individuals to be left unaccompanied. If an individual becomes exhausted or injured they must liaise with the walk leader.
  5. The Leukaemia Foundation reserves the right to alter the trail without notice and/or cancel/postpone the event. If the event is cancelled participants can request a 50% refund of their registration fee.
  6. Please do not litter. Participants must respect the environment and other walkers by taking all rubbish with them.
  7. Dogs and smoking are not permitted in national parks.
  8. Each hiker must raise a minimum of $555 in addition to the non-tax deductible and non-refundable $200 registration fee to participate in the event.

What information do I need to register?

Other than your personal details we will also require registration payment, special dietary needs, and accommodation details (if you have a preferred roommate).

What is the registration fee?

Registration is $200 per person. This will cover two nights of accommodation, meals, and shuttle transportation from accommodation to walk entrances and from walk exits back to accommodation. This fee is non-refundable and non-tax deductible (as it directly covers costs).
Please note: dinner is not provided on Friday, 21 August.

What is the minimum fundraising level?

The minimum amount required to participate is $555 each. This is in addition to the non-tax deductible and non-refundable registration fee. The $555 is required by Friday, 11 August 2017 in order to take part in the walk.

When is the fundraising deadline?

The fundraising deadline is 30 September 2017 however the minimum amount of $555 must be reached one week prior to the event in order to participate.

What is the minimum age for entering 55 for 5?

All participants must be 18 years or older by 18 August 2017.

When will we receive our registration pack?

Following the online registration, information packs will then be sent via email. If you require a receipt book for cash donations or a coin collection box for your workplace please contact us on 1800 620 420.

Can we sign up as a team?

Unfortunately, no. However, please encourage your friends and colleagues to register and to name each other as preferred roommates. We will do our best to accommodate you together.

How can I change my personal details?

Once online registration is complete you will then have access to your own 55 for 5 profile page. Here you can update personal details, monitor fundraising totals, upload photos, promote yourself via email and Facebook links, and receive online donations.

Where is the track?

The track is part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk and winds through the scenic Blackall Range, approximately 90km north of Brisbane. See map (PDF) here.

What is the terrain like?

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk includes sections of Class 2, 3 and 4 track based on the Australian Standards track classification system.

Class 2 track Australian standards

  • Easy and level, well-graded track, suitable for all fitness levels.

Class 3 track Australian standards

  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear needed.

Class 4 track Australian standards

  • Distinct track usually with steep exposed slopes or many steps
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural outlooks
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear needed.

How achievable is the walk?

The walk is definitely achievable however it is not a walk in the park! Even if you are in good health and fitness, it is recommended that you train by completing various length walks on bush tracks of five, 10 and 15km and at least one 20km walk prior to participating in this event. You must be able to walk 32.5km in 8 hours.

How much training should I do?

Once you have decided to participate in the event you should commence training, regardless of your fitness level. Each registrant should partake in regular distance walks on bush trails of 5km, 10km and 15km walks and at least one 20km walk. Prior to the event, training should be tapered back in preparation for the walk.

How far should I be walking in my training?

It will really depend on your fitness levels. Start out at a level you feel confident with and increase that distance each week.

Am I fit enough to do 55 for 5?

With adequate training we believe most people can complete the walk, however it is important that you consult your doctor if you have any doubts or if you are of a lower fitness level. You must be able to walk 32.5km in 8 hours.

Are trainers or hiking boots better for this event?

It depends on the individual. Hiking boots are great for ankle stability on uneven ground, however you might feel more confident in your trainers. Whatever you decide, make sure they are well worn in to avoid blisters and discomfort during the walk.

How do we know it is safe terrain? Where can we research the latest terrain conditions?

The conditions of the tracks and further information can be located on the QLD Government website: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-sunshine-coast/about.html. This site will let you know if there are any closures, warnings and general useful information.

What’s the best way to receive a donation?

The easiest way to receive a donation is via your online profile page. Your supporters can go online and make a deposit using their credit card. You can also receive cash and cheque donations which can be deposited at the Commonwealth Bank. Make sure you use your individual agent number (found on your deposit slip) to ensure the money goes into your account and towards your total. Please contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 1800 620 420 for a receipt book for cash donations.

How do I submit funds raised through this event?

Cash funds and cheques can be deposited at the Commonwealth Bank. You will need your agent number (found on your deposit slip) to ensure your funds go against your account. Please contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 1800 620 420 for a receipt book and deposit slip for cash donations.

Can we fundraise for the entry fee?

No. Individuals must first register (thus paying the fee) before commencing fundraising.

Do we have to meet the minimum fundraising commitment?

Yes. In order to participate, each individual must raise $555 which is to be received by the Leukaemia Foundation prior to the event. If you are unable to reach the minimum fundraising target, approval must be sought to participate from the Event Manager.

How much money is the Leukaemia Foundation aiming to fundraise?

The Leukaemia Foundation is hoping to raise $55,000 with money raised helping more people survive blood cancer and lead a better quality of life.

Where does the money go?

Funds raised will enable the Leukaemia Foundation to directly support patients through the provision of a range of free services including accommodation near treatment facilities, counselling, and transportation to and from medical appointments. Funds raised will also be directed towards research into the best possible treatments for these blood cancers.

How do we get to the starting point?

You will need to make your own way to Queensland Conference and Camping Centre at Mapleton on the evening of Friday 18 August 2017 by 7pm.

What time do we start?

We will be leaving the conference centre at 7.30am sharp on both days.

How much water should I bring?

Roughly 3 – 4 litres for each day of the walk. Camel packs are a great idea to bring.

Will my mobile work?

It depends on your network. Telstra and Optus have coverage for most of the walk. Team leaders will carry satellite phones in case of an emergency.

Where will I be sleeping?

Accommodation is located at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre in Mapleton. It is basic multi-shared, dormitory style accommodation. Each dormitory room will sleep up to eight people. There are shared bathroom facilities. You may be required to share with someone unknown to you. www.qccc.com.au.
Please note: the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre is alcohol, drug and smoke free. The Mapleton Tavern is one kilometre from the centre if you wish to partake in an evening beverage.

Is there alternative accommodation?

To keep the group together and for transport and catering reasons, all hikers are required to be accommodated at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre.

What will I need to pack?

Small day pack to carry:

  • Water (sufficient for 32.5km hike)
  • Snacks
  • Required medication & bandaids for blisters
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet weather jacket
  • Hat
  • Disposal bag for any litter
  • Torch
  • Overnight bag:
  • Walking shoes
  • Thick socks
  • Sleeping bag for cold climate
  • Bottom sheet
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Appropriate climate clothing
  • Thongs for shower
  • Toiletries
  • Torch

What happens if I am injured on the walk?

There will be First Aid Officers and kits located in each group. If injury does occur and participants cannot continue, they can remain at the Queensland Conference and Camping Centre until a transfer back to their home is available. If a serious injury is incurred on the hike, group leaders will have satellite phones to contact the appropriate help.

What if there is bad weather?

The Leukaemia Foundation will be keeping in close contact with park rangers prior to the event. Hikers will be notified if there are any closures or the track is deemed unsuitable for the event. In the event of bad weather, the 55 for 5 hike will be postponed until further notice.

What happens with our luggage while we hike?

A small overnight bag (carry-on luggage size) and daypack is all you will require for the walk. The overnight bag will be locked in your dormitory while you are hiking. Only bring what is necessary on the walk to keep your pack as light as possible.

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