DO I HAVE TO RUN?
No! It’s up to you if you walk or run, and there are no time cut offs. You can also choose to complete your 42km marathon or 100km ultramarathon in as many legs as you like within your chosen time frame of one day, one week or one month.
DO I HAVE TO BE IN AUSTRALIA?
We welcome participants from all over the world, and our fundraising platform is able to be used anywhere. However, postage for items to be sent overseas will incur postage costs. Please email us if you have any queries.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Just click on the REGISTER button at the top of the home page. You’ll first need to create an account or log in if you have previously fundraised through our website.
HOW DO I CREATE / JOIN A TEAM?
The first person on your team to register starts a team in the registration process by selecting “create a team” and follows the prompts. They will then be sent the URL of their team fundraising page, to share with the rest of their team, or share on social media. Others can join this team by clicking the ‘JOIN US’ button on the team fundraising page.
All members in a team complete the same distance. The first person in the team sets the distance.
IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?
Our Premmie Marathon Challenge is free to enter but we encourage everyone to fundraise. Everyone who raises $50 will receive a finisher’s medal. The more you raise, the more babies we can help and the more rewards you will receive!
We are so grateful for all your fundraising efforts. Our goal is to raise $250,000 which will provide lifesaving equipment, including humidicribs and ventilators, for the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, and the Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.
IS FUNDRAISING COMPULSORY?
Our Premmie Marathon Challenge is free to enter and fundraising is optional, though we encourage you to think about please making your own donation if you choose not to fundraise. Everyone who raises (or donates) $50 will receive a finisher’s medal. There are many more rewards for raising more. Every amount makes a difference to help give premature babies a better chance of survival. We are hoping to raised $100,000 for lifesaving equipment for the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, and the Flinders Medical Centre Adelaide, neonatal units.
WHAT ARE THE REWARD GOALS?
Each time you reach one of the targets below, you will receive a reward. Please note that your finisher’s medal will be sent to you after the end of the Premmie Marathon Challenge. You will receive this in December. The running singlet, cap and book will be posted to you as soon as you reach those fundraising goals, to the address you entered at registration.
The winner of the fundraiser lucky draw for those who raise over $1000 will be drawn and announced in the first week of December.
$50 – Receive a specially designed medal upon completion of your challenge.
$200 – Receive a Running for Premature Babies running singlet.
$1000 – Go in the draw to win a prize.
CAN I BUY MERCHANDISE?
There is merchandise available on our website. However, the singlet and cap can also be earned through the fundraising rewards. Additional merchandise includes: Steigen Running Socks, Swimwear and the book "Sophie's Boys".
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO FUNDRAISE?
The best way to start is to make sure you upload a picture and write a personal story of your reason to participate in this challenge.
It’s a great idea to kick start your fundraising with your own donation. Then share the link to your fundraising page with your friends, colleagues and family via email and on social media. Please use the hashtag #premmiemarathonchallenge
WHAT IS THE MONEY BEING USED FOR?
We are excited that this event will be supporting NICUs around Australia. Our goal is to raise $250,000. We are so grateful for your part in helping these babies have a better chance of survival.
WHAT IS CORPORATE MATCHED GIVING?
Many employers support their employees’ charitable fundraising through a matched-giving program. Even if an employer does not have a matched-giving program, they may still be willing to support your challenge and donate to you. All you have to do is ask! We suggest starting with your HR manager. If your employer needs any information from us please send as an email.
HOW DO I COMPLETE THE MARATHON?
When you register you will choose whether to complete the 42km/100km distance over one day, one week or one month. It’s up to you how you divide up the distance. Perhaps you’ll walk a small distance every day, or run two 21km half marathons! Perhaps you will split the distance over 4 runs, or complete the entire 42km/100km in one go. The options are endless and completely up to you. The challenge is to reach 42km/100km within your set timeframe!
I SHARED MY PAGE ON FACEBOOK ASKING FOR DONATIONS AND CLICKED ON THE FACEBOOK DONATE BUTTON.
WILL THE FUNDS I RAISE THROUGH FACEBOOK GO TO RUNNING FOR PREMATURE BABIES?
Yes, they will. However, at this stage we are unable to identify nor link any donations back to your personal fundraising page automatically. We ask that you DO NOT USE the Facebook Donate button for that reason. Should you already have set-up such a fundraising post, we recommend that you:
- Delete the post, as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button,
- Create a new Facebook post and only share the link to your fundraising page without adding the ‘Donate’
DONATIONS RAISED THROUGH FACEBOOK ARE NOT SHOWING UP ON MY FUNDRAISING PAGE?
Facebook donations are handled by a third party, and unfortunately, we can’t sync these donations with your personal fundraising page. We advise you DO NOT USE the Facebook Donate button to raise funds and recommend that you simply share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages without using the Facebook Donate button.
ARE DONATIONS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers. If the donor receives something material in return for their money, such as items from our online store, these contributions are not tax deductible.
HOW DO MY SPONSORS RECEIVE THEIR RECEIPT?
Your supporters will automatically receive a tax receipt emailed to them, when they make a donation on-line using your fundraising page. If you make a donation to kick start your fundraising when you register, the tax deductible receipt will be at the bottom of your welcome email that will be sent to you as soon as you register.
CAN I MAKE A DONATION EVEN IF I DON’T TAKE PART?
Yes! You can donate on any runner’s fundraising page by clicking the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page and searching for the runner’s name. If you don’t know a runner on the team please feel free to make your donation into one of the pages you will see on the DONATE page.