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One third of cancers can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle; including by being physically active every day, enjoying a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight. Every year in Australia around 37,000 cancer cases could be avoided by prevention alone.

In response to this, we created The March Charge. We’re taking a head on approach to beating cancer and for the whole month of March we’re telling cancer where to go. By taking part, you’ll be reducing your cancer risk, promoting physical activity and helping raise vital funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support.

What do I do?

Charge at cancer!

  1. Register – Enter your details, set your fundraising target, set your kilometre target and get ready
  2. Promote – Enlist support and seek donations by sharing your personal fundraising page URL with your networks
  3. Charge – Start charging and tracking your kilometres from 1st March 2017

How far do I have to Charge?

The March Charge is a personal challenge not a race, so you can choose how many kilometres you’ll charge during March. You want to challenge yourself though so your friends get behind you.

Our fitness partner Can Too recommend estimating your kilometre goal as follows:

Walkers

We recommend if you’re starting out to aim for 10KM per week – so set your goal at 40KM (x4 weeks).

If you’re a regular walker – aim high, 40KM per week – so set your goal at 160KM (x4 weeks).

Our fitness partner Can Too have the following guide:

  • Beginner walkers 10-40KM in March
  • Intermediate walkers 40-120KM in March
  • Advanced walkers 120KM+ in March
  • Remember, you can always change your goal if you feel you have aimed too high or too low.

Runners

We recommend if you’re starting out to aim for something low like 5KM per week – so set your goal at 20KM (x4 weeks).

If you’re an advance runner – aim high, 25KM per week – so set your goal at 100KM (x4 weeks).

These are only guidelines and will not be displayed anywhere on your fundraising page, so choose the option closest to your level of ability or just a bit above to challenge yourself.

Our fitness partner Can Too have the following guide:

  • Beginner runners: 5-35KM in March
  • Intermediate 35-85KM in March
  • Advanced runners 85KM+ in March

Remember you can always update this throughout the month if you find you're charging through.

Can I Charge in a team?

Yes, absolutely. We encourage it!

Apart from just being really good fun, exercising in a group is a great motivator. It will help you to keep pushing yourself to reach your goal because everyone is doing it! You’ll never miss a session because you won’t want to let the team down! 

It’s also a great opportunity to socialise, so when you’re tossing up between clocking up some kilometres and or catching up with friends, you can do both!

There is no minimum or maximum team limit so go nuts!

You can create a team while you register or through your online fundraising page or join an existing team. 

How do I update my kilometre goal?

You can update your kilometre goal 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!

How do I track kilometres when I charge?

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 The March Charge 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. 

You're now connected!

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 The March Charge page.

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

Can I walk or run on a treadmill?

Of course!

If the great outdoors isn’t your thing and you’d prefer to hit the gym, that’s fine! Just remember to take note of how many kilometres you clock up each session and update the kilometre counter on your dashboard page.

The added bonus of a treadmill is that a rainy day won’t get in the way!

How do I log my kilometres online?

Login to your online fundraising page and head to the 'My Fitness Activity' tab. Here you can manually add an activity which will be recorded against your page.

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 The March Charge 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. 

You're now connected!

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 The March Charge page.

How do I update my fundraising goal?

Login to your online fundraising page and go to Edit Event Page Settings, you'll see your fundraising goal there. 

What else can I do with my online fundraising page?

  • Add a profile picture (so people know it’s you!)
  • Add a personal story to let everyone know why you are taking part in The March Charge and how many kilometres you plan to conquer
  • 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 via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Share your URL with friends, family and colleagues via e-mail and social media – the more people you ask, the more people will donate!
  • View your kilometre activity for the month of March.

Can I participate in March Charge if I have or have had cancer? 

There is now clear evidence that regular exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment. Cancer Council’s Exercise for People Living with Cancer booklet features step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 20 simple exercises and provides general information on starting an exercise program after a cancer diagnosis.

Do I get incentives for reaching my goal?

Absolutely! Apart from the incredible feeling you get just by knowing you’re making a powerful difference to people affected by cancer, we also want you to feel rewarded for every action you take towards your fundraising goal!

Your actions:

  1. Set up your fundraising page
  2. Upload your Profile Picture
  3. Share your Fundraising Page on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  4. Increase your Fundraising Target from the default setting
  5. Create a Team
  6. Make a Donation to Yourself
  7. Reach your Fundraising Target
  8. Reach you Kilometre Goal

Get Rewarded:

6 actions = Receive a Can Too Training Program

7 actions = Have a bonus 5km added to your tracking

8 actions = Get a free Cancer Council Singlet

Can I change my challenge?

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.

themarchcharge@nswcc.org.au

1300 811 248

Can I cycle, swim or do another activity?

You certainly can! This year the website is just focussing on running and walking but you are more than welcome to do another activity if that suits you better. Simply register for either Run or Walk, update Your Story on your Profile Page to let your sponsors know that you are doing another activity and set yourself a KM goal best suited to your ability and activity.

Can I track kilograms benched or steps taken?

The March Charge is a physical challenge aimed at encouraging people to be active whilst raising money for a good cause. So as long as you are pushing yourself to achieve your physical and fundraising goals we would love you to take part. 

Simply register for either Run or Walk, update Your Story on your Profile Page to let your sponsors know what your activity is and set yourself a goal that is best suited to your activity. You will be able to track your activity if you sync up to a Fitness App and you can keep updating your blog to let your sponsors know how you are tracking.

Can I have walkers and runners in my team?

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

However if a team member wants to do another all they have to do is set their own KM goal that is suitable for their activity and update the ‘Your Story’ section on their Profile Page to let their sponsors know what they are doing. They can keep sponsors updated by posting to their blog and updating their activity tracker. 

My kilometres aren't showing on my page

To be fair to everyone participating in The March Charge we will only start tracking kilometres from the 1st March 2017. 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.

Where does my donation go? 

Every dollar you raise will raise vital funds for cancer research, advocacy, and prevention programs, as well as information and support services.

I I just recorded an activity from the GPS device but it’s not showing on my profile?

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

I need more info!

No worries, that’s what we’re here for! Feel free to contact us via e-mail at themarchcharge@nswcc.org.au or call 1300 811 248.