Do a Trek to Connect 2019

Do a Trek to Connect is a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and raise vital funds for suicide prevention and help save lives.

You and three companions will have the unique opportunity to trek 42 km across a beautiful slice of South East Queensland. This exclusive trek is strictly limited to 25 teams, with training and event day support included.  

This is not a race, but a life-changing experience you don’t want to miss—and every step you take could help save a life.

Do a Trek to Connect will:

  • Connect you with nature
  • Connect you with other like-minded corporate teams, and
  • Connect those in our community who urgently need support.

Take up the challenge.

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Why Do a Trek to Connect?

In 2017, there were 804 suicides in the state of Queensland.  That’s 15 Queenslanders lost to suicide each week1.  Furthermore, Lifeline Australia estimates that there are over 60,000 suicide attempts each year nationwide. 

By participating and fundraising in Do a Trek to Connect you will help save lives through Wesley Mission Queensland suicide prevention initiatives, including: 

  • Marcus Mission - a whole-of-community approach to suicide prevention with a program designed specifically to reach young men (18-44yrs).
  • Suicide Prevention Training - Tailored evidence-based workshops and presentations adapted to suit a range of audiences including businesses, community members and health workers to create awareness and support within a community.
  • Expanded Horizons Youth Suicide Prevention - Individual support for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. 

Suicide has devastating impacts on families and communities. We need your help to bring about change to those who need it the most.

1Mindframe, Australian suicide data

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Registrations

Registration is $1,000 per team of four people, which includes:

  • Free weekly training sessions every Saturday 6am – 9am at Mount Cootha and customised training options available if you cannot make it to Mount Cootha
  • Trek to Connect Participant Handbook which includes all the information you need to be prepared for the trek
  • Professional trek and fundraising support on hand in the lead up to the big day
  • Medical staff and trek guides, bus transport and vehicle support on event day

Lunch and refreshments provided on event day

Fundraising

Before event day, your team is required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000 or $250 per participant to support Wesley Mission Queensland’s suicide prevention initiatives. You will be supported by the fundraising team every step of the way.

Do a Trek to Connect is an empowering journey, a mentally and physically challenging journey, but one you will never forget. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still join if I don’t have a team of four?

Yes, absolutely! Simply register and attend the free training sessions so you can meet some of your fellow trek friends, and closer to event day, we will link you up with a team or a person to join your team for event day. 

How much training is required to complete the 42 Km?

We highly recommend attending at least 4 free training sessions to get you ‘trek fit’ and ensure you enjoy the experience. Training is every Saturday 6am – 9am at Mt Cootha.  If this is a bit hard to get to, let us know and we will customise training sessions for you and your team.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration covers:

  • Free weekly training sessions
  • A participant guide with all the information you need to be prepared
  • Fundraising guide and support, and on event day
  • Bus transfer
  • Vehicle support, Trek guides and Medic support team to make sure your trek is safe and fun
How much do I have to fundraise?

Before event day we ask each participant to raise a minimum of $250 or $1000 per team of four – to support suicide prevention initiatives.  Don’t worry if you have never fundraised before, we will guide you every step of the way! When you register, your very own fundraising page will be created for you to share with family and friends.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes – any donation over $2 is tax deductible, and receipts are automatically issued when you donate to the cause or sponsor a friend/team online.

What time does it start and finish?

The bus departs at 5am sharp from Brisbane City Council (BCC) Enoggera Reservoir Bus Station, next to The Gap Park ‘n’ Ride where you can park your car – unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals! Check in time is 4:30am.  The finish time will depend on weather and the movement of the group as we walk together. The approximate finish time is between 5:15 - 5:30pm. 

Can family/friends meet me at the finish line?

Yes – we encourage your support crew to meet you at the finish line to give you high fives and hugs …and hopefully a lift home because you may not feel like driving! The finish line is at Enoggera Reservoir, Bill Fursman Place Park, on SEQ Water private property. Feel free to bring a picnic and blanket/seating as the finish time may vary depending on weather and activities. A BBQ will be provided for trek participants but you are welcome to enjoy once all trekkers have eaten.

What support is available on event day?

The trek is fully guided tour, with support vehicles at the front of the group and at the rear. Trek to connect is not a race, so the whole group is only as fast as its slowest team member. You can have a break at any time in the vehicles. Medic staff are walking along side you if you have any issues. The more you train the more you will enjoy the trek – we cannot emphasise this enough!

How important is it to have ‘trek’ gear?

Unless you don’t mind losing a few toe nails, having the right gear is vital for your safety and enjoyment. When you register for Trek to Connect, you will receive a participant handbook which will have all the information you need to prepare, including what to eat, gear to bring and what to wear so all you need to do is read the handbook! Remember the 5 p’s – prior planning prevents poor performance!

Where is the start location on event day?

The start (and finish) location is The Gap Park ‘n’ Ride (1358 Waterworks Rd, Enoggera Reservoir QLD 4520). A bus will then transfer everyone to the start of the trek at Lake Manchester. Your bus transfer cost is covered in your registration fee.

I have more questions – who do I contact?

Just call Stef from Wesley Mission Queensland on (07) 3163 4347.

Contact Us

fundraising@wmq.org.au
1300 865 302
930 Gympie Road, Chermside QLD 4032 

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide please call:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call back service 1300 659 467

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