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Taking Part

Taking part as a team

Sponsoring and Donating

Workshops

Rewards

Merchandise

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Schools (Primary and High School)

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 during National Families Week, 15-21 May. If you're unable to join us at this time, no worries! Choose a time that suits you best - the main thing is that you're dancing to make a difference for sick and injured kids.

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?

120 minutes straight of dancing, now that is impressive! But no, 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.

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 Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok @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 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.

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!

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

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

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

Workshops

How do I access the workshops?

By signing up to Dance for Sick Kids you will receive exclusive access to our Workshops. Access is via a unique link and password that will be emailed to you in the lead up to our Challenge Week 15-21 May 2021.

How many workshops will I have access to?

New dance workshops and tutorials will be released each day of our Challenge Week (15-21 May 2021). All ages and abilities have been taken into consideration when planning our schedule. Each day will have a super beginner, intermediate, advanced, juniors (under 5), and special interest.

Who are teaching the tutorials this year?

We have a packed line up of choreographers! See the list here.

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.

How do I get one of the DFSK phone pop-socket?

DFSK phone pop-sockets are a reward for participants who receive 2 donations in the first 48 hours after signing up!

The number of phone pop-sockets available are limited and will be distributed on a first in first serve basis.

Click here to see the full T's & C's.

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.

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.

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 RMHC help families with seriously ill or injured children?

RMHC have 18 Ronald McDonald Houses, 19 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?

In 2019, RMHC supported 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 between all RMHC Houses and Programs across Australia.

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 mufti 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!

There is also a Teacher Resource Pack, designed by teachers for teachers, that you will be sent once you have registered your school! Click here for full FAQ's on the teacher resource pack

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 National Families Week (15-21 May 2021), 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 15 - 21 May 2021 but any time after that you'll have access to our exclusive dance tutorials for all levels of experience and of course, you'll have your free dance unit of work provided by our Education Services Team.

What does the Teacher Resource Pack include?

  • A unit of work aligned with Stage 3 (Years 5-6) and Stage 4 (Years 7-8) PDHPE and Creative Arts NSW and Australian Curriculums respectively.
  • Easy to follow, fully developed and planned lessons with little to no prior lesson preparation required - an opportunity for lessons to be delivered remotely is also a possibility.
  • Lesson reflections embedded within the unit of work
  • Accompanying presentation slide for each lesson
  • Student learning journal designed to accompany each lesson
  • Assessment task at the end of each unit of work including marking rubric

DOWNLOAD FULL TEACHER RESOURCE PACK FAQS HERE

Contact Us

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

Dance for Sick Kids Team

Call us on 0478 062 102 or

email danceforsickkids@rmhc.org.au

  

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