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In Australia, IBD is becoming more prevalent, more complex, and more severe. It currently affects approximately 1 in 250 people aged 5-40. Almost 85, 000 Australians have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with this number projected to increase to 100,000 by 2022.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia are the only peak body for people living with IBD. In response to the growing need for our services we’ve decided to run the Live Fearless Challenge. We’re asking our friends, and the general public to be fearless like people living with IBD and take on the challenge of walking or running 150kms across the month of September. By taking part, you’ll be getting fit and healthy, and help raise critical funds for research, advocacy and education programs essential to supporting the growing community of Australians living with IBD.

ABOUT LIVE FEARLESS CHALLENGE

How much does it cost to register for the Live Fearless Challenge?

It is FREE to register and participate in the Live Fearless Challenge. Register here to start your challenge and help make lives more liveable for people with IBD

When and where is the Live Fearless Challenge?

The Live Fearless Challenge is an online, month-long personal challenge that starts on the 1 September and runs through until the 30 September 2018.

Participants can walk or run on their own, or with friends/family/colleagues anywhere and anytime during September

How do I participate?

Register – Enter your details, set your fundraising target, and get ready

Promote – Enlist support and seek donations by sharing your personal fundraising page URL with your friends, family and colleagues

Live Fearless – Start your challenge, and track your kilometres from 1st September 2018 to make the target goal of 150kms

Where does my donation go?

We are asking our supporters, friends and their families and colleagues to band together to raise funds to help support vital services provided by CCA. These include: research, education and advocacy programs for people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of chronic and incurable disease which cause the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen).

Two major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon) whereas Crohn’s disease can occur in any part of the intestines.

IBD is a very individual disease with symptoms dependent on where the disease is in the gastrointestinal tract and how severe the inflammation is within the affected area. Symptoms of IBD may range from mild to severe but tend to include the following:

  • abdominal cramps and pain
  • frequent, watery diarrhoea (may be bloody)
  • severe urgency to have a bowel movement
  • fever during active stages of disease
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • tiredness and fatigue
  • anaemia (due to blood loss)

A small percentage of people with IBD may also experience problems outside the gastrointestinal tract including joint pain, skin conditions, eye inflammation, liver disorders, and thinning of the bones (osteoporosis).

ABOUT THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE

How do I achieve the 150kms during the Month of September?

This is a personal challenge so you can choose how you do your kms, walk or run. If you do not run or walk significant distances, we recommend as a guide that you work towards 40kms a week for four weeks.  This is only just over 5km a day, or a third more than the current Australian average distance walked each day.

Does the 150km include all of my steps?

If you choose the walking option, then yes the 150kms can include all of the steps you take that week.

150kms seems like too much for me to do

This distance is still less than the recommended daily 10,000 steps, coming in at 7,000 steps or just 30% more than the average Australian’s current daily step count.  Do not be daunted this is a challenge, but one which is designed to help you get fitter and be more active.  You could also create a team and they can help you acheive the kilometres and fundraising goal.

How do I track my kilometres?

Any GPS enabled devices like fitness wristbands or watches (think Fitbit, Garmin etc) will do the trick. We have linked up with Strava, Fitbit and mapmyfitness to automatically sync with your fundraising page and add to your kilometres each time you record an activity

If you’re not already connected with these devices, you can always use your Smartphone and download Strava, Fitbit or mapmyfitness to get started.

Once installed and your account has been created with your preferred app, login to your Live Fearless Challenge profile page and head to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab within your dashboard. Here you can now connect up to your preferred fitness app. Click on the icon of the app you'd like to connect - this will ask you to login and authorise us to access your fitness account.

When using your fitness app, remember to create a new activity through your app and stop when you're finished each time - this will ensure your kilometres are recorded onto your Live Fearless Challenge page.

You can also manually add an activity through the 'My Fitness Activity' tab too.

How do I update my kilometres for the challenge?

You can update your kilometres by logging into your fundraising page and heading to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab. Set your new target distance, scroll down and 'Save Changes' and you're done!

Can I do my challenge on a treadmill?

Yes definitely! It is one way to stay warm and dry during Spring. Just please remember to take note of how many kilometres you clock up each session and update the kilometre counter on your dashboard page.

Can I change from running to walking once I’ve registered?

If you decide running isn’t your thing and would prefer to walk, please get in touch with us so we can switch your page over via communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or 1800 138 029

Can I have both runners and walkers in our team?

Unfortunately, everyone in your team has to be registered for the same activity (walk or run)

REGISTRATION AND TECHNOLOGY QUERIES

Can I create a Live Fearless Team?

Yes, this is a great team exercise. You can get fitter and healthier in a group, and it’s a great way to catch up with friends with a regular walk or run. There are no minimum or maximum team numbers, so you can create a team that works best for you.

You can create your team when you register or join an existing team through your fundraising page.

How do I find or join a team?

  • Enter the team name you would like to join in the Find a friend search
  • Click their profile image
  • Click “Join Us” button on their team page
  • Complete your registration
  • If you require further assistance, please contact our support team via e-mail at communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or call 1800 138 029

How do I join a team if I’ve already registered?

  • Login to your dashboard
  • Enter the team name you would like to join in the ‘Find a friend’ search
  • Click their profile image
  • Click “Join Us” button on their team page
  • If you need further assistance, please contact our support team via e-mail at communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or call 1800 138 029.

How do I reset my password?

To reset your password, click the Forgot Password link on the login screen and follow the prompts.

If you are do not receive the reset email here are some helpful tips:

  • Add communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au to your contacts list
  • Check your junk or spam folders and update settings

Contact us via email at communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or call 1800 138 029 and we can reset your password for you.

The team I want to join is private, can I still join them?

Ask the Team Captain to send you the invite link. Click the link and follow the prompts to join.

If you need further assistance, please contact our support team via e-mail at communications@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or call 1800 138 029

Can I update or view my page from my mobile?

You can login to your mobile fundraising dashboard by clicking the icon in the top right of the page. Here you can manage everything the same way you can on desktop.

How do I track my kilometres?

Any GPS enabled devices like fitness wristbands or watches (think Fitbit, Garmin etc) will do the trick. We have linked up with Strava, Fitbit and mapmyfitness to automatically sync with your fundraising page and add to your kilometres each time you record an activity

If you’re not already connected with these devices, you can always use your Smartphone and download Strava, Fitbit or mapmyfitness to get started.

Once installed and your account has been created with your preferred app, login to you’re the Live Fearless Challenge profile page and head to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab. Here you can now connect up to your preferred fitness app. Click on the icon of the app you'd like to connect - this will ask you to login and authorise us to access your fitness account.

When using your fitness app, remember to create a new activity through your app and stop when you're finished each time - this will ensure your kilometres are recorded onto your Live Fearless Challenge page.

You can also manually add an activity through the 'My Fitness Activity' tab too.

How do I update my kilometres for the challenge?

You can update your kilometres by logging into your fundraising page and heading to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab. Set your new target distance, scroll down and 'Save Changes' and you're done!

Tracking kilometres with fitbit

Login to your Live Fearless Challenge profile page and head to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab. Here you can connect up to your preferred fitness app. Click on the Fitbit icon - this will ask you to login and authorise us to access your fitness account.

Please note you must record an “activity" with your Fitbit in order for it to contribute to your kilometres.

Why aren’t my kilometres showing up?

To be fair to everyone participating in The Live Fearless Challenge we will only start tracking kilometres from the 1st September 2018. If you are keen to get started now you can still sync your profile page with one of the suggested fitness trackers and keep track of your progress in their app.

Activity from the fitness apps comes through the following day so please allow 24hrs for your walk or run.

FUNDRAISING

How do I fundraise?

For the Live Fearless Challenge 2018 we want to raise $120,000.00 to fund our research, advocacy and education programs for the IBD patient community.

Because we need your help to fundraise, we will help as much as we can. We’ve some tools, tips and tricks (link to fundraising tools) and tools to help you ask your friends, family and colleagues for their support. Just remember: every dollar you raise makes a real and significant difference.

  • Send an email out to all your friends, family and colleagues! You might be surprised by how much you can raise by simply asking.
    • Tips
      • Include a link to your fundraising page.
      • Send update emails with your progress and to people who haven’t yet donated as a reminder
      • Send thank you emails when people donate
  • Post your participation on social media, let your friends know you’re participating and would love their support. Again, include a link to your fundraising page so people can click right through.
    • Thanking your friends by tagging them on Facebook is another way you can promote your generosity and encourage other people to be generous
  • Promote your involvement in the Live Fearless Challenge through your kitchen! Invite your friends over for coffee and healthy treats, ask them to donate what they’d normally spend on morning tea in a café. Or take some baked goods into the office to promote your challenge.
  • Matched funding. Ask your employer or a very generous friend to match the money you raise. If they are scared of your earning potential you can let them cap it at a set amount eg. $200
  • Movie night. Hold a special movie night at your place and invite your friends to support you. Sell tickets and make popcorn to make it as authentic as possible.
  • Trivia or quiz nights are a great fundraising idea for groups or work teams. You can charge an entry fee for a night and include some additional games or a raffle to boost your donations.
  • If you would prefer to support yourself than ask, you can donate to your own Live Fearless Challenge fundraising page

What do I do if I exceed my fundraising goal?

Login to your online fundraising page and go to 'Edit My Page' tab, you'll see your fundraising goal there. You can edit this goal to a new goal should you exceed your initial fundraising target.  This is a great way of staying motivated to reach your 150kms.

Can I personalise my dashboard?

Yes, this will connect your army of friends and followers to know its you. Have fun with your dashboard and make it your own.

  • Add a profile picture
  • Add a personal story to let everyone know why you are taking part in The Live Fearless Challenge and how you plan to tackle the month of September
  • Post updates of your progress to keep your donors and potential donors in the loop. Write about your latest session and even take a photo of the view! You can also choose to share these updates on social media
  • Share your URL with friends, family and colleagues via e-mail and social media – the more people you ask, the more people will donate!