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What is the walk?

The ABTA's walk and support for those impacted by birth related trauma is an event that you can do in most major capital cities around Australia and talk about birth injuries or simply show your support with friends, family and the community. Meet at the chosen location at 11am on Sunday 24th July during Birth Trauma Awareness Week (17-24 July). We encourage you to purchase a T-shirt to raise further awareness.

Where is the walk?

The organised walks are being held at the locations below on Sunday the 24 July at 11:00am.
 
Walk n Support  Melbourne - Albert Park Lake,
Walk n Support Brisbane - Southbank, meet at channel 7 ferris wheel
Walk n Support Canberra - Lake Burley Griffin meet at the bridge to the carillon
Walk n Support Northern Sydney - Athol Hall to Chowder Bay
Walk n  Support Western Sydney - Bigge Park, Liverpool 
WalkSupport Wagga Wagga - Wagga Tourist Information Centre
Walk n Support Gold Coast - The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands
 
 

Who can register?

Anyone! Whether you’re 2 friends, a whole squad, a workplace, a family or anything in between – registering for the ABTA walk is easy, just click the ‘register’ button.

How much does it cost to register?

It’s completely free to register and participate in walk. You can sign up by clicking the register button. You can purchase your t-shirt when you register.

Where do the funds go that I raise?

Every dollar you raise will go towards ABTA, the first charity in Australia and New Zealand supporting women, partners and families after birth-related trauma. With one in three women identifying their birth as traumatic, ABTA’s work is vital for these women and their families.

You'll help fund vital programs such as our Peer2Peer Meets support groups, a 7-week program that helps parents who have suffered from birth related trauma, and THINKNATAL a series of educational resources helping better prepare women for pregnancy and birth.

Is there a minimum amount I have to raise?

Raise as much as you can. Every dollar raised goes towards funding ABTA life change work in supporting women and their families experiencing birth related trauma. If you purchase a t-shirt that amount will go to your fundraising total.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

We're always here to help. Email us at support@birthtrauma.org.au. We are also available on our social media channels. Get in touch!

How to I buy an ABTA t-shirt?

Visit https://www.redbubble.com/people/TheABTA/shop to buy a T-shirt. Take a snap and post it! #ABTA #IwishIknew #starttheconversation #saferbirthsbetterhealing #birthtraumaawarenessweek2022

What if I am feeling unwell?

Please follow the government guidelines in your home State.

Do I need to maintain physical distancing?

Please follow the government guidelines in your home State

Are there any safety rules in place on the event day?

The safety of our participants and our volunteers is very important to us. Our volunteers will be present at each event location, for the whole duration of the event,  looking after you and guiding your walking path. Please follow our volunteer instructions at all times.

Can I bring my child(ren)?

Children are welcome to join you at the ABTA Walk & Support event. It is essential that you remain with your child(ren) at all times.

What happens if it rains?

The walk will be held regardless of weather conditions, except where the weather is deemed unsafe. The route or venue may not be the same as originally proposed if it is deemed unsafe but the ABTA and its volunteers will use their reasonable endeavours to find a suitable substitute.

Code of Conduct

At the ABTA, we pride ourselves on creating and upholding an environment in which our community feels welcome, safe, and supported. We ask that event participants:

  • Treat each other, and the ABTA volunteers, with kindness, compassion and respect;
  • Do not discriminate unfairly against people on basis of age, gender, sexual preference, marital status, religion, ethnicity, disability or financial status;
  • Show sensitive and non-judgmental regard for the feelings, beliefs and values expressed by others; and
  • Do not impose personal beliefs or ideals on others.

Emergency considerations

Please note the following advice, In case of an emergency

 

Non life threatening issues

Please alert your ABTA volunteer guide immediately. If you are unsure of the severity of the issue, please call 000.

 

Life Threatening Issues - Call 000

i.       Call 000 - Tell them you are participating in the ABTA ‘Walk & Support’

ii.     Quote your GPS co-ordinates (if you have downloaded the Emergency Plus App**)

iii.    Alert your ABTA volunteer guide.

 

*** Emergency Plus app is a very handy App that we recommend you download). If you ever need to call 000, it uses GPS functionality to help inform emergency services of your specific location.