General FAQs

What is Long Walk Home?

The Long Walk Home is The Wayside Chapels signature fundraising event, a stunning 28km walk spanning from Parramatta all the way to iconic Kings Cross - an incredible way to get amongst our community and fundraise for those sleeping rough and facing social isolation.

The event launched in 2018, as a pilot and given it’s popularity, we decided to expand it the following year. In 2019  as a mass participation walking event, we saw 408 participants walk from Parramatta to Kings Cross. In 2020 and 2021, due to COVID-19 the event pivoted to a virtual event and registrants were given a chance to walk 28km over 7 days, rather than all at once. This event was a huge success with 2,461 people registering across Australia and the world and together, we fundraised over $1 million! 

After a few rough years for us all, we are very excited to say 2022 we will bring you a hybrid Long Walk Home. You can join us from PArramtta to Kings Cross Friday October 7th or walk 28km virtually from Saturday 1st October till Friday 7th October in a path of their choosing, anywhere and anytime.

Thanks to our  2022 sponsors Schroders, Credit Suisse and PwC

How it works

  • Choose how you walk - Physical or Virtual
  • Regiser to walk 28km with us on Friday 7th October
  • Register to walk 28km virtually over a week 1st-7th October  (Virtual Event) 
  • Choose to walk solo or create a team with family, friends or colleagues   (Virtual Event) 
  • Log in your kilometres via your fundraising page 
  • Track your progress to reach your 28km goal and keep each other accountable. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone  (Virtual Event) 
  • Reach out to your networks to achieve your fundraising goal. Share the dollar handles and let your donors know how their donation is supporting the Wayside Chapel community. Feel good about yourself, knowing that you have walked in the shoes of people experiencing homelessness and have walked in solidarity with them 

Why 28KM?

In an average week, a person sleeping rough walks a distance of 28km looking for a place to sleep. This is the reality for some of the 116,000* people who are sleeping rough in Australia.

That is why we are asking participants to put themselves in the shoes of people experiencing homelessness by walking the same distance. Join us in making a difference in the lives of people sleeping rough.  

*ABS Census 2016  

How much to register?

Long Walk Home has a registration fee of $50.

Long Walk Home (Virtual event) is free to enter, and we challenge you to reach your fundraising goal of $764. 

We encourage all participants to help raise much-needed funds for Wayside Chapel so we can continue to provide support to people experiencing homelessness.

How many people can you have in a team?

Good news, if you’re walking virtually throughout the live week of 1 October to 7 October,there are unlimited numbers of people who can be on a team!This means you can fundraise and walk in solidarity together.

How do I join a team?

To join a team, select the Team option in the first stage of the registration process. If you have created an individual profile but later want to join a team, you can simply search for the person or team on this page and type in the team name or name of a person in that team.

How much money do I need to raise?

We encourage all individual participants and teams to aim to raise $764 (per person) through sponsorships on their fundraising page.

How do I get a Long Walk Home t-shirt? 

Physical Long Wallk Home

When you register for the physcal walk and complete your fundraising pledge, you are entitled to your hi-vis safety spectacular event shirt!

While being this seasons must have fashion, this is also a mandatory safet requirement for the walk and must be worn at all times!

Virtual Long Walk Home

If you hit your $480 on your fundraiisng page, you are entitled to a Long Walk Home t-shirt* to wear over the week. 

*We will do our best to honour chosen size.  These will be sent from September . T-shirts will be sent to nominated address.

What does my sponsorship go towards?

All money raised will go to Wayside Chapel, an iconic charity organisation who care and support people experiencing challenges such as homelessness, addiction, social isolation and mental health issues.

What if I can't fundraise? 

We encourage all individual participants and teams to aim to raise $764(per person) through sponsorships on their fundraising page. If you don't reach your fundraising goal, we would still love for you to be part of Long Walk Home and our community.

You'll receive incredible prizes and incentives with each fundraising milestone you reach. If you reach $480 on your Virtual Walk fundraising page, you are entitled to a Long Walk Home t-shirt* to wear over the week.

Do I have to walk 28km at once? 

It's completely up to you how you want to take the challenge. You are welcome to conquer the Long Walk Home in one go or walking 28km virtually on your favorite local path.

If you are joining us in person on Friday 7th October , then yes you will be doing the entire 28km to Kings Cross!

Should you choose to take on the virtual challenge - you have a whole week to do it your way!

Don’t forget to log your KM’s on your Long Walk Home dashboard with Strava, FitBit or manually. 

How to track your progress? 

You can record your distance for Virtual Long Walk Home either through Strava, Fitbit or MapMyFitness apps (Method 1) or, if you prefer, you can add your distance manually (Method 2).

Login to first get started

#1 – Fitness App

  • Download Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account
  • Login to your Long Walk Home dashboard and select ‘Log My Fitness Activity’
  • Select your chosen app at ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’ and follow the instructions on screen
  • When you start each walk, select 'Start your workout' in the app on your phone. Once you stop and save your workout your distance will be published your page (this can take up to 24 hours)

#2 – Manual

  • If you are using the pedometer on your phone or other device rather than a fitness app, you can add your distance to your fundraising page manually:
    • Login to your dashboard and select ‘Log My Fitness Activity’
    • Under ‘Add Activity’, enter the date and distance…that’s it!


Will I get a refund if I signed up for the physical event, if it gets impacted or cancelled due to COVID-19? 

If you paid the entry fee for the physical event there are two options:  


  • You can donate your entry fee to Wayside Chapel to help provide love, support and services for those experiencing homelessness. You don’t need to do anything if you choose this option. 

Remember, your entry will automatically switch to the ‘virtual event’, so you will still experience the Long Walk Home encouragement, support and community connection of walking 28km in the shoes of those experiencing homelessness. 

Please note, no charitable donations made to your fundraising page are refundable.