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ABOUT THE EVENT

What is Dance for Sick Kids

Dance for Sick Kids is a 7-day dance challenge raising much-needed funds to support families with a seriously ill or injured child. It is specially designed to be inclusive and bring together a community of people who want to dance to make a difference.

All funds raised will support the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Australia. Read more about RMHC here.

When is Dance for Sick Kids?

Dance for Sick Kids is held each year. In 2022 it will be held from 23-29 May.

If you're unable to join us at this time, no worries! You can make a difference for sick and injured kids all year round. Choose a time that suits you best and dance each day for one week.

TAKING PART

How do I sign up?

It's simple, just click sign up at the top of the page and follow the steps! If you need a hand, please get in touch on 0478 062 102 or email danceforsickkids@rmhc.org.au

Do I have to choose one of the options for the amount of time I dance each day?

Nope, it's up to you. When you register there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Choose whatever you are comfortable with! If that's 15 mins a day, great! As long as you are safe and having fun there's no worries. For the keen dancers out there, you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge with a dance marathon!

Do I have to dance for the consecutive time?

Nope, you don’t have to dance consecutively. You can break up your dancing time throughout the day however you wish, whether it be 30 minutes when you wake up or 30 minutes at night, or anywhere in between.

I honestly have two left feet & can’t dance. Can I participate some other way?

We're loving your commitment to helping seriously ill and injured children! We understand dancing is not for everyone, so of course! Dance is all about having fun and getting moving. So why not pledge to be active in another way for that amount of time, run, roll, walk, swim (maybe at least finish it off with the Macarena). Remember to update your bio to let your supporters know what you're getting up to!

Can I do any dance style?

You certainly can! Even if your dance skills don’t progress past the chicken dance, we strongly encourage everyone to dance your own way! Whether that is hip-hop, ballet, line-dancing or even the classic waltz. You might want to learn a whole new genre, routine or even the latest TikTok dance. Our workshops and tutorials that will be provided throughout Dance for Sick Kids week, will cater to all different styles and abilities!

Do I have to post about my dancing on social media?

By posting your dancing on social media you're able to let your friends and family know that you're fundraising for a good cause! We encourage anyone that feels comfortable to post their daily dancing on social platforms using #danceforsickkids. This is a great way to show your supporters what you’ve been up to while also connecting to the wider DFSK community. Join our Facebook Group and follow us on Instagram and TikTok @danceforsickkids

If you're under 18, we advise to get permission from your parents and/or guardians before you post or share anything on social media.

We recommend all parents/guardians read our Cyber Safety Tips.

Where do I log my dance moves?

You’ve performed those killer moves, you need somewhere to show you’ve done it!

We are encouraging participants to log their dance moves in the below ways:

  1. Your Dance Diary! You can find it on your fundraising dashboard. Think of your Dance Diary as your blog. You can log your time dancing, post photos, and share Facebook, Tik Tok and YouTube videos, or just write a little something about your dancing efforts.
  2. Post your dancing on your social media! I know it can seem daunting, but so many of your supporters want to see you dancing. By posting it on your social media using #danceforsickkids and tagging us @danceforsickkids you can be featured on our inspiration wall as well as connecting to the wider Dance for Sick Kids community!

If you're under 18, we advise you to get permission from your parent and/or guardian before you post or share anything on social media.

We recommend all parents/guardians read our Cyber Safety Tips.

TAKING PART AS A TEAM

Can I start a team with friends, family or colleagues?

Sure can! And we encourage you to. Creating a team to join Dance for Sick Kids is a fun way to stay connected with colleagues or loved ones. It's easy, when you register, select create or join team. Think of a fun team name and start recruiting your team members to help make a difference!

Still having trouble? Reach us on 0478 062 102 or email danceforsickkids@rmhc.org.au and we will help you complete the setup.

How do I invite people to my team?

It’s always more fun dancing as a team. Creating a team to join Dance for Sick Kids is a fun way to stay connected with friends, family or colleagues. After you create a team you can send pre-written email invites from your fundraising dashboard. Or simply share your team link, there’s a ‘Join Us’ button on the page.

Can anyone join my team?

The more the merrier is what we think. Invite your colleagues and get them to invite their friends. It’s about having fun and supporting seriously ill children. You will have the option to allow anyone to join your team, or you can set your team to private so only those you invite can join.

Can I share the time load with my team?

Dancing feet always need a break! If you need to share the dance load, go for it! Just getting involved and making a difference for sick kids is what really matters!

SPONSORING AND DONATING

How do people sponsor me / my team?

Your fundraising page is your best friend! Supporters can sponsor and donate to you / your team directly through your fundraising page. This will be set up as soon as you sign up.

How can I keep my sponsors up to date with my dancing?

Being accountable – we love it! There are a few helpful ways for your sponsors to keep up to date.

  1. Your Dance Diary – Your dance diary is your blog. You can find it on “My Page” on your fundraising hub. Post all your updates here and invite your sponsors to your page for regular updates.
  2. Send them emails straight from your fundraising page! On your fundraising hub on “My Dashboard” you will find “Get Support”. Here you are able to send emails to your contacts as well as share your page directly to your socials!
  3. Post your dancing on your social media. We know it can seem daunting, but so many of your supporters will most likely be on your social networks. By posting it on social media using #danceforsickkids and tagging us @danceforsickkids you can be featured on our inspiration wall as well as connecting to the wider Dance for Sick Kids community!

Are my donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt via email.

Can I get a new tax receipt?

Sometimes there are just too many emails! If for any reason you have misplaced your tax receipt, please contact us and we can re-issue it for you.

Reach us at 0478 062 102 or email us at danceforsickkids@rmhc.org.au

Can I receive a refund or exchange?

Due to limited stocks, we cannot issue refunds or exchanges due to change of mind or incorrect ordering on sizes. Please ensure you read the sizing chart and order accordingly.

If your merchandise if damaged or faulty, we can provide a refund. Alternatively, we can exchange any faulty items if stock levels allow.

Can I make a donation on behalf of my business?

Generous business' are more than welcome!

At the time of making your donation, you will see an optional 'Company' field. Simply enter your business name here and the tax receipt will be issued for the business.

I am having trouble donating.

No problems! We are here to help.

An error message can sometimes mean your card was declined or the transaction failed for some reason.
Please check that the details you entered are correct and there are sufficient funds available.

If you are still encountering issues please call us at 0478 062 102 or email us at danceforsickkids@rmhc.org.au

REWARDS

Will everyone receive all rewards?

Rewards are on a first-in best-dressed basis. We want to ensure as much of the incredible funds you raise go to the cause, supporting seriously ill and injured children and their families, so for that reason the amount of stock of each reward is limited.

Rewards will be distributed to those who hit the fundraising targets first until all stock is exhausted.

Can I buy the rewards?

The rewards are pretty cool so we understand why you'd be willing to pay, but they aren't for sale!

Instead, why not make a donation towards your fundraising page, this way it will help you reach the reward target faster!

When will I receive my rewards?

You've put in all that effort and deserve these rewards! All rewards posted within 72 hours of the participant hitting the reward level.

All rewards will be posted with Australia Post. Please click here to Australia Posts current service times.

Please note: delivery times may be affected due to COVID-19.

Can you hit the reward level as a team and all receive it?

Teamwork makes the dream work! But unfortunately not for rewards.

Rewards are earnt on an individual basis, therefore the reward fundraising target needs to be hit on your individual fundraising page, not as a team total. Why not have some friendly competition within your team of who can earn them all first?!

My reward never arrived, what can I do?

Unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Please ensure the address you provided upon registration is correct.

You can update this in your dashboard under 'My details'. If you have reached a reward already and realise your address is incorrect, please give us a call immediately on 0478 062 102 so we can update your details before we send out your reward.

MERCHANDISE

How long will it take to receive my merch pack?

Merch packs are sent via Australia Post. Please click here to see their current service times. DFSK do not take any responsibility for postage delays.

Please note: all packs are sent from Westmead, NSW 2145. Depending on your location delivery times may vary. Delivery times may also be delayed due to COVID-19.

If I purchase merchandise, can I nominate for the amount to be added to my/a participants fundraising total?

Unfortunately not. Merchandise will be sold separately to fundraising. However, you can sleep easy about your purchase as it will still be helping seriously ill children and their families.

My merchandise never arrived, what can I do?

All merchandise packs will have a tracking number but unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Please ensure the address you provided upon check out is correct.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

What is a Ronald McDonald House?

Our Ronald McDonald Houses are a home away from home for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. Rather than spending the night in a hospital waiting room, family members can stay in comfort at a Ronald McDonald House and receive support from staff, volunteers or other families that are sharing similar experiences. Facilities include private rooms with en-suites and common kitchens, lounges, quiet rooms and play areas.

What other ways does Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) help families with seriously ill or injured children?

RMHC have 18 Ronald McDonald Houses, 20 Family Rooms, 5 Family Retreats and 1 Care Mobile running across Australia. Our National Learning Programs also help families with seriously ill children. For more information on RMHC’s core programs click here.

What other ways does RMHC help families with seriously ill or injured children?

RMHC have 18 Ronald McDonald Houses, 20 Family Rooms, 5 Family Retreats, 1 Care Mobile and the National Learning Program, vital Programs which help families with seriously ill children. For more information on RMHC’s core Programs click here.

How many families does RMHC support each year?

Each year RMHC supports over 60,000 families with seriously ill children across our 5 core programs, Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms, Family Retreats, Care Mobile and National Learning Program.

When I donate, where does my money go?

Funds raised are distributed to support Ronald McDonald Houses and Programs across Australia. You can learn more about your impact here.

Who is eligible to stay at Ronald McDonald Houses?

Keeping the family together can be extremely tough without support, which is why we offer accommodation for parents with seriously ill children who need to travel for their child’s treatment and for Mothers going through a high-risk pregnancy.

We try to accommodate the needs of families where we can, but this is always subject to availability. Priority is given to families whose children have been recently diagnosed, seriously injured or who require emergency treatment, and families travelling long distances from their home.

SCHOOLS

Primary & High Schools

How can our school get involved?

There are many ways your school can get involved in Dance for Sick Kids! 

To start, register your school team. Once this is completed shout it from the school rooftop for all teachers, students and your entire community to join your team! Together, you can individually fundraise and will see your total impact as a team. 

Why not host a DFSK disco day at your school? Organise dance lunch breaks or who doesn't love a friendly dance battle! The world is your oyster for how your school can get involved!

Do we have to choose one of the options for the amount of time we dance each day?

Nope. When you register there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Choose whatever you are comfortable with! If that's 15 mins a day, great! As long as you are safe and having fun there's no worries. For the keen dancers out there you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge with a dance marathon!

Dance for Sick Kids is designed to be all-inclusive and to allow children of all abilities to get involved and moving so the challenge is super flexible. All students who sign up will have the option to choose their own time limit for dancing if they want to get in a few extra steps before and after school.

Our School can't participate during the event week (23-29 May 2022), can we dance any other time?

You absolutely can! We understand schools all dance to the beat of their own drum, so you can participate when it suits you!

Most people will be hitting the dance floor 23 - 29 May 2022 for our official challenge week, but any time after that you'll have access to our exclusive dance tutorials for all levels of experience.

WORKSHOPS

What workshops will be available in 2022?

Our friends at CLI Studios will get you moving with 30 days of FREE unlimited access to their online dance program. From beginner fundamentals to advanced technique and combination, CLI Studios has you covered with dance classes for every skill level from world-renowed choreographers and dancers! Learn more about CLI Studios.

We will also have workshops available from our friends Perform Ability for Dance for Sick Kids week (23-20 May!). Perform-Ability is Australia’s fastest-growing therapy-based performing arts program for people of all ages with special needs and disabilities. Offering programs within service providers, after-school classes, and private tuition, Perform-Ability has something for everyone.

CLI STUDIOS

What does my 30 day free trial CLI Studios membership include?

Take your dancing to the next level with access to CLI Studios' library of 1000+ online dance classes in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, modern, tap, musical theatre, and more – with new classes added every week!

This sounds to good to be true, is it really free?

Starting 1 May, CLI Studios is offering 30 days of FREE unlimited access to their online program.

That's right, it's FREE for one whole month of fabulous moves! 

Please note: You will have to add your credit or debit card details to secure the your 30 day FREE trial. This ensures all U18 participants have parent/guardian permission to use the platform to comply with our Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. At the time of entering your credit or debit card you will need to have sufficient funds for a $140 pre-authorisation. You can cancel your trial at anytime and will be sent a reminder email and SMS.

Can I access the workshops anytime in May?

Yes that's correct! The workshops are available for you to use anytime once you register for your 30 day free trial. 

I've never used CLI Studios before, is it user friendly?

It sure is! The website is super easy to navigate and takes you step by step in choosing your dance style, level and instructor!

How do I cancel my CLI Studios membership before the free trial ends?

If you do not wish continue your membership with CLI Studios, you can cancel at anytime during the 30-day free trial and you will not be charged.

You can cancel and/or amend your membership details anytime through your 'Account Settings'. Please click here for instructions.

How do I access my FREE membership?

Starting 1 May, all registered Dance for Sick Kids participants will be send a unique link via email to register to access your free 30 day membership.

CLI Studios terms and conditions apply on registration*

What age/level is ideal for this program?

The CLI Studios Dancer Program is designed and recommended for kids (8+), teens, and adults. Beginner through advanced-level classes are available.

CONTACT DANCE FOR SICK KIDS TEAM

If you have any questions about Dance for Sick Kids or need a hand with anything, please reach out. We're here to help!