North Coast

Byron Coast Charity Walk – Saturday 22 May 2021

The date has been set and our COVID Safe event planning is well under way.

VIP Registrations will open on 1 February 2021
Standard Registrations from 15 February 2021

Join our VIP list to receive
* Early Registration from 1 February
* $10 off the Registration Fee
* Chance to win 2 nights accommodation (Fri 21/5 & Sat 22/5) for 4 people at Byron Central Apartments

2021 Byron Coast Charity Walk – What’s New

2021 will be the ninth year for the Byron Coast Charity Walk.
The walk will start from Dening Park, Byron Bay and walkers can choose from three distances:
• Broken Head Reserve (12km)
• Lennox Head SLSC (24km)
• Ballina SLSC (36km)
Participants can walk or run at any pace however all of our Coastal Charity Walks are non-competitive social events.

Participants can enter individually or in teams of 2-10 people. All team members must walk the same distance.

Minimum age is 12 years old (accompanied by a paying adult).

Dening Park, Byron Bay to:
• Broken Head Reserve (12km) – $60 / $50 (VIPs)
• Lennox Head SLSC (24km) – $70 / $60 (VIPs)
• Ballina SLSC (36km) – $80 / $70 (VIPs)
Plus $250 fundraising minimum per participant

Each participant will be asked to fundraise a minimum of $250 for the Rescue Helicopter Service over and above their participant fee. You will receive your own fundraising and team page (if you are part of a team) for the walk.
Every dollar you fundraise contributes to keeping the Rescue Helicopter Service available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Our AW139 helicopters are flying intensive care units. They can carry two patients or a baby infant carrier.

It costs about $40 million a year to keep the helicopters and crews ready to respond when needed.

Four AW139’s cover 1.5m people throughout Northern New South Wales, from the Hawkesbury to the Queensland border, making it one of the leading aeromedical services in Australia.

The AW139’s cost $1,000 per hour in fuel, $1,000 per hour to run the engine, $1,500 for the airframe and for $500 avionics, that’s a total of $4,000 per hour.

About $12 million of the cost is raised through sponsorships, Volunteer, Support Group activities, events and partnerships with our community. The remainder is funded through contracts with NSW Health and NSW Ambulance.

What your Participant Fee Includes:
• Coastal Charity Walk Cap
• Byron Coast Charity Walk Medal
• Chipped Event Bib
• National Park fee
• Fruit & Water Refill Stations
• Free Shuttle Bus from start and finish lines
• Endless encouragement & support from our Volunteer Support Group & Event Staff
• Safety Services including: on-route Medical Support, timing and traffic control services
Making our event COVID SAFE
The safety of our participants, volunteers and staff are our priority. Below are some of the procedures that we have in place to keep you safe and well.

2021 Event will be limited as follows
• 36km – 800 participants
• 24km – 400 participants
• 12km – 200 participants
Start Times
We will be starting participants in waves numbers determined by NSW Health restrictions at the time of the event. If there are no restrictions we will be hosting waves of 200 participants at a time.

Start times will be staggered to allow participants to register and move to the start area before the next wave comes in. All participants must adhere to their designated registration and start time.

Participants will go in waves from 6am. Your time will be allocated by registration date for individuals and team captains. You will be advised of your start time no later than the Friday prior to the walk.

General timing for waves of 200 is as below.
Registration Time Start Time Distance
05:30-05:55 6:00 36km
06:15-06:40 6:45 36km
07:00-07:25 7:30 36km
07:45-08:10 8:15 36km
08:30-08:55 9:00 24km
09:15-09:40 9:45 24km
09:30-09:55 10:00 12km

Checkpoint Procedures
Water refill and fruit stations will be manned by volunteers. All fruit will be whole pieces and snacks will be wrapped.

Hand sanitiser will be at all checkpoints with designated entry and exit points. This transition time through checkpoints will be slower to allow for COVID safe practices to take place.

Cancellation of Event
If event is cancelled due to COVID registration and fundraising monies will be automatically transferred to the new date in 2021.

If participants cannot attend the new date they will be given the option to donate their participant fee to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service or receive a full refund.
All fundraising monies will be retained by the Rescue Helicopter Service if registration is cancelled.

Be sure to visit the Coastal Charity Walk Facebook page for regular updates or further information about the event