Event FAQs

Registration FAQs

When does registration close?

Registrations for One Foot Forward Together will close either when the tickets sell out or on:

Melbourne Friday 14 May 2021

What does my entry fee cover?

Your entry fee helps us to cover the event costs. You will also get a Black Dog Institute T-shirt once you raise $25, water along the course, a route map, fundraising support and volunteers to cheer and support you. The best part is you get to be a part of an incredible day supporting people living with and those affected by mental illness. How great is that?!

Are there any age restrictions for the event?

Everyone is welcome;

For children under 16, we ask that they are always accompanied by a supervising adult.  Please just register them so we know that they're coming.

Does my entry fee go towards people living with mental illness?

Your entry fee supports the costs of staging the event so thank you SO MUCH for that.  It helps us pay for essential event resources like venue hire,  first aid, council permits, water stations, shade areas, seating. We could not do this event without you!

We rely on you to raise as much as possible in donations, which goes directly towards Black Dog Institute’s vital education programs, research and services. Find out more here.

I can no longer participate. Can I get a refund?

If you are unwell prior to or on the day, we ask that you do not attend, and you will have three options regarding your registration fee. Please click here for more information

If you can no longer attend or no longer wish to attend, once you've signed up, your entry fee is unfortunately non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please do contact us if you have any concerns with this.

Can I register on the day?

We would love to see you there but unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we will not be able to take registrations on the day.

How do I join / create a team?

One Foot Forward Together is designed to get walking and talking for mental health. You may find that you will get more out of the day if you share it. 

Whether you are pulling together a group of your nearest and dearest, or want to join an existing team, it's super simple to do! REGISTER as a participant and you'll be given the choice to enter as an individual, create your very own team or join a team.

create or join a team

Click on the option you want and it's that easy.

If you need any help, get in touch with us here.

Event FAQs

What time does the event start and finish?

Each event starts at 10am. Finish times will be dependent on COVID start restrictions but we anticipate no later than 2pm.

Melbourne for more information 

Where do the walks start and finish?

Please select your chosen location to view the walking routes with the start and finish outlined:


Look out for the event village with white marquees

What do I need to do when I arrive?

Please come to the Black Dog Institute Event Village with a fully charged mobile phone for QR Code check in to register. This will be sent to you a couple of days prior to the event. We need to know that you're here to ensure we're compliant with COVID policies and procedures.

Do we need to finish by a certain time?

Don't worry, you'll have loads of time to finish! We will be there for up to 4 hours after the walk starts. Remember, we're there to support you, so if it's taking a little while longer, we've got you and will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you have any worries on the day, just let us know.

Do I have to finish the course?

Absolutely not! If you feel that you need a break or that you have walked enough, just come back to the Event Village at any time . It's totally up to you. Just don't forget to get your finishers mental health medal! 

How long is the course?

The Melbourne event offers a shorter and longer walk option. The event routes are different so have a look at which event you would like to attend and that will give you all the information you need.

Click Melbourne for more information.


What is the dress code?


We're looking for fun, fabulous and colourful (but of course comfortable and warm). The events are in May so check out the forecast before you come and make sure you're dressed for whatever the unpredictable Australian weather throws at us!

If you've raised $25 at least 3 weeks before the event, you will also get your Black Dog Institute t-shirt in the mail. For those who hit the $25 target after the 3-week mark, you'll receive your t-shirt after the event.

We would recommend runners or sneakers - as tempting as it may be, it's probably best to leave your thongs or sandals at home.

What should I bring?

Aside from your enthusiasm, we'd suggest bringing a water bottle (which you can fill on the day), some snacks, money for any purchases, your mobile phone for pics, QR check in and in case of emergencies, and a raincoat. Do make sure that you're warm and waterproofed enough should the Australian weather decide to turn! 

Make sure you check the forecast on the day.

Can I park and what about public transport?

All events offer parking but these events take place on a Saturday so spaces will be limited. We suggest using public transport or sharing a ride where possible.

For specific parking and public transport information see each locations event details; For more information see Melbourne.

What happens if there is bad weather on the day?

As we all know, the Australian weather enjoys surprising us... however the event will go on - rain or shine! We do advise to keep a weary eye on the forecast so you can bring your wet weather gear if required.

Our top priority is keeping everyone safe so in the unlikely event of extreme weather the event may need to be cancelled. Make sure we have your correct phone number and e-mail address, and we'll stay in touch.

Can I run?

Whilst we love a good workout, unfortunately One Foot Forward Together is purely a walking event. None of the event sites are closed for these events, so we need everyone to abide by the normal pedestrian and road rules. With potentially a lot of people walking, it could be dangerous to you, other participants and the general public to run so we ask that you simply stroll and take it all in!

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely, you sure can! Dogs are most welcome.  It's just one per person and all you need to do is make sure that they’re kept on a leash and please clean up after them. Just register your furry friend for free when you register so we know what pups will be joining us on the day.

Will there be food and drink at the event?

Water will be provided along the route and at the start and finish and there are plenty of bubblers on each of the walks. There will also be food and coffee/tea available at the Event Villages where you can buy food and coffee before, during and after you’ve walked (COVID restrictions dependant). Vegetarians, vegans and gluten free all catered for.  You may want to bring snacks in case you get peckish on route.

Is there anywhere to leave my belongings?

Less is more! We would love to store your stuff but sadly we wont have the facilities. We suggest bringing only what you need on the day.  Maybe a small backpack, water bottle, snacks, lightweight raincoat or poncho, and anything else you might need.

Are the routes wheelchair accessible?

Absolutely! The Event Villages are on grass but are easily accessible from the road.  Some of the courses are off road and the terrain is slightly different for each, so check the event page for specific information.  If you have any concerns, get in touch and we will go through it with you. 

Will One Foot Forward Together happen in other States/Territories?

Yes! This year we are holding an event in Melbourne for the first time. We have plans to expand the event to QLD, WA & NSW over the next couple of years, and will definitely look at other States/Territories once these events have been established.

Can I take part if i'm in a rural community or another State/Territory?

Whilst these physical events in May 2021 will only take place in Melbourne, we will be hosting our virtual One Foot Forward event in October 2021 where all Australians can take part - wherever you live.

We will also expand our May physical event to other States/Territories in the future and are looking at how we may be able to facilitate smaller, community events as well.

Fundraising FAQs

Do I need to fundraise as well as buying a ticket?

We would love you to give fundraising a go! There is a fundraising target of $250 and it's your fundraising that enables us to continue to do our work.

This is a fundraising event so your entry fee helps to cover the cost of staging the event only.


How can I get started with fundraising?

We know that asking people for money can be a tad terrifying but people do genuinely like to help. This makes raising money much easier than you think!

Some tops tips on how to get started could be to login into your fundraising page, add a photo and tell your story. People love to know why you are taking part. 

  • Donate $25 and get your free t-shirt - you will get a swanky Black Dog Institute t-shirt when you reach $25. 

  • Share share share! Start your fundraising by sharing your page on Facebook, Instagram, email and wherever else possible

Click here for more tips or tools

What happens if I don’t reach the minimum fundraising target of $250?

Please don't panic! If this sounds high, we have lots of tools to help you reach this goal which can be found here.

Also why not start yourself off by donating $25 and you’ll then get a Black Dog Institute T-shirt! You can also share your page on social media and ask everyone you know as well. We are sure you can surprise yourself!

If you are struggling or have any concerns, please do let us know and we will do everything we can to help you.

How do I earn a t-shirt?

Simple! All you need to do is have $25 raised on your own individual fundraising page and you will get a Black Dog Institute T-shirt. We will post these up to 3 weeks before the events. If after this time you reach the target, we will post after the event. We cannot hand them out on the day due to COVID restrictions.

Where can I get fundraising support?

You will receive communications along the way with lots of fun and simple fundraising ideas to help you get that dollar!

Lots of fundraising tips and tools can be found here.

We have posters, social media and email templates and signatures too.

Please call us on 02 9065 9020 or email fundraising@teamblackdog.org.au

How can I bank money raised offline and will it appear on my fundraising page?

For cash donations, the best thing to do is to pay into your own account and make an online payment via bank transfer to

Account name: Black Dog Institute
BSB: 082-360
Account number: 547392802
Reference: OFFT "Your Name"

Please quote your name and OFFT in an email to us at donations@blackdog.org.au so we can allocate it to your fundraising page and issue your receipt.

For cheque donations, please post them to: 

Attn: Fundraising Black Dog Institute
Hospital Road Randwick
NSW 2031

Please quote your name and the name and the address of the person donating.

Where does my fundraising go?

Funds raised will help Black Dog Institute to continue to provide support to communities around Australia. Donations help us to further scale our mental health education programs by building knowledge and understanding about mental illness, improving mental health literacy and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

In addition, as an internationally recognised leader in researching the early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders, donations will also help us to continue our innovative and vast mental health research portfolio.  Please click here for more information.

Should I use Facebook fundraising to raise money?

We encourage you NOT to set up a Facebook fundraiser.

Facebook is a superb place to share your One Foot Forward Together page to ask your friends, family and colleagues to support you, but do not set up a separate page directly on Facebook. We do receive the money but Facebook does not send us donation breakdowns so we have no way of syncing these donations with your One Foot Forward Together fundraising page.

Share your One Foot Forward Together fundraising page on Facebook, just do not set anything up directly with Facebook if you want your donations to show automatically on your page.

If you have any concerns about this, email us at fundriaising@teamblack.org,au 

Will my donors get a tax-deductible receipt? 

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

What is matched giving?

A lot of companies now offer ‘matching funding’ as part of their employee benefits meaning they support their employees’ charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar. This is a super easy way to double your fundraising. Speak to your HR department and ask them for more information. All you need to do is ask!

If you need any documentation for your company including tax-deductible receipts, our ABN, information about what we do or a letter of thanks just contact us on fundraising@teamblackdog.org.au.

If your question hasn't been answered, please feel free to get in touch with us on our contact page