WALK 28KM IN THE SHOES OF A
PERSON LIVING ON OUR STREETS
In an average week, a person experiencing homelessness walks 28km to receive help, to find their next shelter or to look for a safe place to sleep.
Join the Long Walk Home and walk 28km in a week from 26 Oct - 1 Nov to raise awareness and funds to deliver love, support and assistance to people who are in crisis on our streets.
The virtual Long Walk Home 2020
Walk 28km over the week of 26 October to 1 November in a path of your choosing and you'll walk in the shoes of people experiencing homelessness
How, where, and who you walk with is completely up to you. Walk 4k in one day, walk it in parts, or walk it all one go!
Get fit and take charge of your health and wellbeing while supporting people who are vulnerable and isolated
Challenge yourself to do a solo challenge, or join a team and see if you can reach your fundraising goal of $500*
There's no fee for entry, so there are no excuses. Get outdoors and do something good for the community!
This year, as COVID-19 hit and the world went into lockdown, we realised the importance of home. Imagine what life is like for people who don’t have a home to isolate to, a place that they can feel safe. Across Australia, this is the reality for 116,000 people every night.
In an average week, a person experiencing homelessness walks a distance of 28km, walking from service to service, to their next shelter or even just looking for a safe place to sleep.
Take the Long Walk Home challenge, and walk 28km over a week, to raise awareness, and much-needed funds for Wayside Chapel so that we can continue providing support for people in crisis.
Under a banner of ‘love over hate,’ Wayside Chapel has been providing care and support for people experiencing homelessness and social isolation since 1964. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Wayside became one of the handful of places people in crisis could turn to by keeping our centres open. We had to rapidly change our operating model with a focus on outreach by foot and by van to ensure that we could continue to deliver essential support to people on the streets.
Long Walk Home encourages you to take the challenge to walk in virtual solidarity to help these people in crisis, all while getting you out of the house and contributing to your own health and wellbeing.
From Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November, grab a friend, enter a team or do a solo challenge and walk 28km over a week and in a path of your choosing.
We challenge each participant to aim for a fundraising goal of $500, with your first $260 raised awarding you a Long Walk Home t-shirt to wear over the week*.
Choose your own path and distance – walk 4km every day, walk 10km in 3 sessions or do it all in one hit! As long as you reach the 28km goal, it’s all up to you. Note that all participants will need to follow any COVID-19 restrictions that apply at the time.
We are all in this together! Walk with us virtually on the Long Walk Home, and do the distance so that other people don’t have to every night.
Long Walk Home is proudly sponsored by NRMA Insurance, Salesforce and PwC Australia.
Josh has experienced homelessness on-and-off since he was 18 years old, due to trauma and grief of losing his dad. He came to Wayside Chapel, using the facilities for a shower and clean clothes. He began sleeping on the doorstep, as it was a place that he felt safe. After a while, Josh began to get to know Wayside’s staff and volunteers more and wanted to help other people sleeping rough. He would go around at night with a big bag of blankets, handing them out to rough sleepers, even if it meant he had nothing for himself.
“Wayside made me feel normal. They picked me up each day and put the pieces back together. It was like home when you can no longer go home. Without Wayside, I probably wouldn’t be alive right now,”
Josh is now housed and before COVID hit, helped out at our community service centre around Kings Cross. Last year, Josh walked the 28km from Parramatta to Kings Cross with 500 other participants and placed as the 3rd fastest walker! He will once again walk the virtual Long Walk Home this year. He believes that by walking, he can help people who were once in his situation and show them that there can be hope right around the corner.