What is Bush Heritage Australia’s Groundwork Challenge?

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The Groundwork Challenge is a daily commitment to run, walk or wheel from 16 November - 16 December to reach 100km and to raise funds to protect our native species and their precious habitats.

Who can take part?

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Whether you’re an individual, a workplace, bushwalking group, sports club or a bunch of mates, registering and getting involved in the Groundwork Challenge is easy.

If you are under 18 and want to take on the Groundwork Challenge please email groundworkchallenge@bushheritage.org.au and one of our friendly team will explain how to get your guardian's consent before you get started.

How much does it cost to register?

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It’s completely free to register and participate.

How does it work?

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  1. Register online to set up your personal fundraising page.
  2. Let your friends, family and workplace know you are taking on the Groundwork Challenge to protect our native species and the land we all love.
  3. Ask for support through donations to your online fundraising page.
  4. Get outside and go for it every day! 100km here you come!

When and where is the Groundwork Challenge?

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When: Every day from 16 November - 16 December.
Where: Wherever you are! You can run, walk or roll to reach 100km. Just make sure you do it every day of the challenge and share your efforts with your loved ones to get their support.

What do I have to do?

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Commit to getting active every day. You can run, walk, roll (scooter, cycle, skate!), hike — whatever you want. Just get moving! Ask your friends and family to support you by donating to Bush Heritage Australia.

Where do the funds go that I raise?

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Every dollar your raise helps our field staff and Traditional Owner partners restore the land you love and protect . For example:

$57 could go towards the purchase of high-tech drones to help monitor bird populations, like the critically endangered Plains Wanderer.

$84 can help support our Aboriginal partners to continue right-way fire practices that prevent damaging large-scale fires and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

$163 will go towards projects such as developing climate resilient ecosystems to protect vulnerable native species, including the Greater Glider and Gang-gang Cockatoo.

How do I update my fundraising goal?

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Click ‘login’ on the Groundwork Challenge homepage to access your dashboard. Click on ‘Edit my page’ and update your fundraising goal.

How do I bank any offline fundraising money I raise?

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The best way to bank any offline fundraising money is through your online fundraising page with your own credit card. Deposit the money into your bank account and then make the transaction directly onto your page using your credit card.

You can even make multiple transactions and add each donor's name and their individual messages to you. Your total fundraising amount will then be shown on your page.

I've shared my page on Facebook asking for donations using the Facebook Donate button. Will the funds I raise come to Bush Heritage Australia?

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Yes, they will, however, we currently advise that you don’t use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds for your fundraiser as we can’t link any donations back to your fundraising page. If you’ve already set up a post, we ask that you:
  1. Delete the post, as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button.
  2. Create a new Facebook post and share the link to your fundraising page without adding the ‘Donate’ button.

Why aren't the donations that I'm receiving through Facebook showing up on my fundraising page?

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Facebook donations are handled and held by a third party, so we can’t sync these donations with the Groundwork Challenge campaign due to limitations with the Facebook Donate button functionality. Given these limitations, we advise you not to use the Facebook Donate button to raise funds.

If you’d like your friends and family to donate to you, we encourage you to share the link to your fundraising page instead.

What resources are available?

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We want to make fundraising easy, so we have some great resources to help you do that

Your best tool is your online fundraising page which is easy to set up and share. Your page is the best way to get donations and spread the word about the Groundwork Challenge and show how you care about the environment.

You can also use the dashboard on your fundraising page to download tips and tools to help you fundraise and tackle your challenge. All of these are available to help make your challenge a success.

Can I post my photos or details on Bush Heritage Australia’s social media pages?

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Definitely! We’d love to see what you’re up to. You can post your photos directly onto our Facebook page and tag us in stories and posts on Instagram with @bushheritageaus. Don't forget to use the hashtag #GroundworkChallenge so we can share your post!

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

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Feel free to contact Katelyn and the team at Bush Heritage by emailing us at groundworkchallenge@bushheritage.org.au - we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.