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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. More than 100,000 Australians have IBD.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia are the peak body for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. After the success of the Live Fearless Challenge for the past four years, we’re asking our friends, workmates and the general public to be fearless like people living with inflammatory bowel disease and take on the challenge of getting active their way and completing a total of 150km 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 Crohn's and colitis.

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 empower the lives of people with IBD.

When and where is the Live Fearless Challenge?  

The Live Fearless Challenge is an annual, digital, month-long personal fitness challenge that starts on 1 September and runs through until 30 September.

Participants can walk, run, swim, cycle, workout or just get active on their own, or with friends/family/colleagues (form a team) 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 1 September to make the target goal of 150km.

Where does my donation go, and is it tax deductible?

Asking your supporters, friends and family to band together to raise funds to help support vital services provided by Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA). These include: research, education and advocacy programs for people living with inflammatory bowel disease. For more information about CCA's vital work visit crohnsandcolitis.org.au.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is a Deductible Gift Recipient, and accordingly all donations of $2.00 AUD or more are tax deductible.

What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of chronic and incurable diseases which cause the intestines to 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 digestive tract.

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).

To learn more about IBD, head to crohnsandcolitis.org.au.

ABOUT THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE

How do I achieve the 150km during the month of September?

This is a personal challenge so you can choose how you do your km. You can walk, run, swim, cycle, yoga, workout or any other manner of physical activities. If you do not run or walk significant distances, then you can start by doing yoga and stretching and build up to walking or running during the month. Feel free to mix up the activities and have fun. It's all about setting a personal challenge and getting active your way.

If you choose to walk or run, 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 150km can include all of the steps you take. You can manually record your fitness activities on your fundraising page.

150km 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. Try not be daunted and if you need to shoot for a lower target, that's fine as well. This is a challenge, but one which is designed to be done your way to help you get fitter and be more active. Remember you can also mix up the activities, do some gentle yoga stretches or swimming if you prefer. You could also create a team and they can help you acheive the kilometres and fundraising goal.

How do you complete the 150km as a team?

Each member of the team completes their own 150km goal, but members can share the number of km between each other if they wish to (e.g. one member may do 100km while another does 200km). Just like those completing the challenge as an individual, each team member can also lower or raise the standard 150km goal depending on what is a challenge for them.

How do I track my kilometres?

You can track your km through a fitness wristband or you can track your km through an app on your mobile phone.

If you're looking for a fitness tracking app, you could try Strava, Nike Run Club or Map My Fitness, freely available on app stores. 

 

See full instructions in the 'How To Log Your Km' tab here.

 

How do I connect my Fitness Apps?

Once you have connected your fitness app it will keep track of your daily activity which can be manually added to your fundraising page.

Follow these steps to manually add your daily activity:

  1. Download the FitbitStrava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account.
  2. Log in to your Live Fearless Challenge page dashboard and select ‘My Fitness Activity’.
  3. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance that has been stored on your fitness app and hit save.
  4. The number of kms will now appear on your fundraising page!

If you want to automatically sync a workout (for a run, swim or bike ride) you must start a workout, stop the workout and save it to ensure it can be logged.

Follow these steps to automatically log a workout:

  1. Download the FitbitStrava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account.
  2. Log in to your Live Fearless Challenge fundraising page dashboard.
  3. Under My Fitness Activity and the heading ‘Connect your preferred fitness app’, click your chosen app.
  4. Follow the prompts to connect your account.
  5. Start a workout, stop the workout and save it.

Your distance will be published on your Live Fearless Challenge fundraising page 24 hours later.

How do I update my kilometres for the challenge?

You can update your km 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 or exercise bike?

Yes definitely! It is one way to stay warm and dry during Spring. Just please remember to take note of how many km you clock up each session, log into your fundraising page and add the km to your 'My Fitness Activity' tab.

You can add walking, running, swimming, cycling, workouts and yoga to your kilometre tally.

Can I change my predominant activity once I’ve registered?

If you decide you do not enjoy your predominant activity, then you can always adjust it and add in different activities such as yoga, scate or just a workout and record it in your activity dashboard. 

Can participants complete different activities within the same team?

Everyone in your team needs to be registered for the same activity, so choose the predominate activity you all want to do when you register. However, you can still complete different activites throughout the challenge and do a variety of different activites during the month and log this on your fundraising page. 

Can I do a combination of different activites during the Live Fearless Challenge and log these different activities?

Yes you can! At registration choose the activity you plan to do predominantly during September. When you login to your personal fundraising page to add your kms completed in the 'My Fitness Activity' tab, you can choose the activity type from a dropdown menu. 

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 reason 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 email at [email protected] 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 email at [email protected] 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 do not receive the reset email here are some helpful tips:

  • Add [email protected] to your contacts list
  • Check your junk or spam folders and update settings

Contact us via email at [email protected] 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 email at [email protected] 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 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 1 September 2022. 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?

This year we want to raise $300,000 to add to the overall Live Fearless Challenge total of $1,130,000! The funds will go to fund research, advocacy and education programs for the Crohn's and colitis community.

We need your help to spread the word so we’ve created some tools, tips and social tiles (stay tuned to the 'Resources' page) to help you inform your community of the challenge and ask for their support. Just remember: every dollar you raise makes a real and significant difference.

You can use the tools to post on social channels or send an email update to all your friends, family and colleagues to let them know you’re participating and would love their support! You might be surprised by how much support you get and funds you can raise by simply sharing your fundraising page.

Tips

  • Include a link to your fundraising page in a social post or email so people can click right through.
  • Send update emails on your progress with the challenge, eg: halfway to my km goal, or halfway to my fundraising goal. See the 'Resources' page for some fun social tiles to share and remind people that you have commited to a month long challenge. 
  • Remind your community that a small donation can make a big difference, (and it's tax deductible).
  • Send thank you emails or messages when people donate to you is another way you can promote your generosity and encourage other people to be generous too.
  • 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

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 150km.

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!

How do I share my personal URL so others can donate? 

There are few ways, firstly when you register there will be a URL when the setup is processed and in your confirmation email there will be the link to the URL there. Finally, on the top at your Dashboard Page there will be a link that you can copy and send it out.

Does the 150km include all of my steps?

If you choose the walking option, then yes the 150km can include all of the steps you take. You can manually record your fitness activities on your fundraising page.