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What is The Rescue Run?
RSPCA's Rescue Run is a fundraising event held from 18-31 October. It has been organised to raise money to help RSPCA’s inspectors stop cruelty towards animals.
Participants commit to running, walking, or rolling 56 kilometres during the designated time period either as individuals or in teams and raise funds.
Why 56 kilometres?
Across Australia, RSPCA receives over 56,000 reports of animal cruelty each year. That's why we've chosen 56km as our goal. Each kilometre brings us closer to a future where all animals can experience safety and love.
Who can take part?
RSPCA's Rescue Run is open to everyone! Whether you’re a dog-lover, cat-person, or prefer more exotic creatures in your life, this is your chance to get moving for a stronger, healthier you.
Just choose the level that’s right for you, set your own pace and get in the kilometres your way. Every kilometre will help animals in need – you don’t need a pet to join in!
While the challenge is to reach 56km, you can choose the distance that’s accessible for you, and we’ll cheer you along!
How much does it cost to register?
Nothing. It’s free to sign up!
How does it work?
Once you sign up, you’ll receive your personal fundraising page and access to our resources. You can then spread the word to your friends and family. Fundraising is open from the time you join and there are prizes to win as you continue fundraising more for our furry friends!
From the moment you register, we’ll be there with tips and support to help you.
The challenge is to complete your distance target in the 2-week period between 18-31 October and get support from your kind family, friends and colleagues for doing so!
When and where is The Rescue Run?
The challenge takes place during 18-31 October.
You can run, walk or roll on any day that suits you, and anywhere that works for you. You can complete the challenge across as many days as you need.
What do I have to do?
Yes. If you’re joining as a team, you should adhere to any existing social distancing rules in your local area.
You can find links to the latest information on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Where do the funds go that I raise?
The funds you raise will go to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Your funds will go directly to the State/Territory that you live in and will be used to help care for, treat, protect and rehome animals across the state.
We not only serve animals in need, but also owners who require guidance and support. Our programs tackle animal education and assistance in relation to domestic violence, aged care, homelessness, mental health, and more.
Is there a minimum amount I have to raise?
There’s no minimum fundraising target, and also no limit on the amount you can raise. We’d love you to raise as much as you can!
Every dollar you raise will help us save dogs, cats, and animals from a life of cruelty – helping us find safe forever homes. If you’re stuck on how to boost your fundraising, please contact us and we'll be glad to help.
How do I update my fundraising goal?
Log into your Rescue Run account and head to your dashboard. Click on ‘Edit my page’ and update your fundraising goal there :)
How do I bank any offline fundraising money I raise?
The best way to bank your offline fundraising money is through your online fundraising page with your credit card. Simply donate the cash you receive to your own fundraising page and keep the cash.
Your total fundraising amount will then be shown on your page.
What resources are available to help me fundraise?
Your online fundraising page makes it easy for you to get donations and spread the word about RSPCA's Rescue Run.
It’s all there to help you run to the rescue!
Can I post my photos or details on RSPCA social media pages?
Absolutely! We’d love to see what a champ you are.
Please post your photos and use #RSPCARescueRun. Don’t forget that sharing photos of you on your run will show your supporters that you’re committed to the challenge.
Who do I contact if I have any other questions?
We're always here to help. Please contact your local RSPCA. All our contact details are listed below on this page.
We can't wait to hear from you!
I've shared my page on Facebook asking for donations using the Facebook Donate button. Will the money I raise come to RSPCA?
Yes, the funds will end up with RSPCA however the Facebook functionality doesn't link donations back to your fundraising page. We therefore don't recommend you use the Facebook Donate button to raise money for Rescue Run.
Simply copy and paste your fundraising page link into your social media posts so all your generous supporters donate via the website only.
If you’ve already set up a post using the Facebook Donate button, we suggest that you:
Delete the post as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button. Then create a new Facebook post and share the link to your fundraising page without adding the ‘Donate’ button.
Why aren't the donations I'm receiving through Facebook showing up on my fundraising page?
Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we unfortunately can’t link them to your Rescue Run fundraising page. Given these limitations, we recommend you don’t use the Facebook Donate button to fundraise.
If you’d like your Facebook friends and followers to donate to your Rescue Run, we encourage you to share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages instead.
Can I log my kilometres using an App? How do I do this?
Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target.
If you track your workouts with an app your distances will automatically add to your tally. If you do not use one of these apps you can also log your fitness activities manually.
Follow these steps to track your km's using an app:
- Download your preferred app and set up your account
- Log into your Rescue Run account and in your Dashboard go to the My Fitness Activity page
- Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app
- Follow the prompts to connect your account.
When your next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end youworkout, save it and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.
If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and reconnect it.
NB: When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
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