Important Information

What is the current situation regarding COVID19 and the Walk?

On the advice of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, at the time of making this decision, events of over 100 people were not allowed due to COVID-19. Our main priority is to mitigate any risk to you. So many of you told us that you wanted to walk and fundraise so we created the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge – a personal 35km walk that you can do safely with your friends and teammates. We hope to return to the original Walk format in 2021.

What is the current medical advice about COVID19?

From a medical perspective, most of us - even if we become infected - will have a relatively minor respiratory illness. However, we have an important duty of care not to spread it. This is especially relevant to immunocompromised patients and those undergoing cancer treatment or who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes.

This is the advice we are following here at the Perkins.

  • Soap and water. The single most valuable thing each of us can do is wash our hands with soap and water for about 30 seconds often (I sing Happy Birthday twice through). COVID-19 is a relatively puny and labile virus, so take satisfaction with the destruction you are wreaking upon it with your soap and water or hand sanitiser.  
  • Elbow bumps. Start practicing elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead of handshakes or hugs. It’s cool to keep a little distance. 
  • Don’t "soldier on”.  If you have symptoms and are feeling unwell, it is important to confirm or refute the diagnosis and stay out of circulation until you do. This includes not training with friends or teammates.
  • Masks. Wearing a typical surgical type mask will not protect you from the virus. The only mask said to protect from the virus is an N95 version, which are not readily available in supermarkets and shops. People who need to wear a mask in public are those who have the disease or those being tested for the virus because they have symptoms. Their primary use is to limit droplet spread of the virus.

If you think you are displaying any of the symptoms, please consider going to one of the three WA COVID19 clinics, where you will be seen by doctors who can assess if you should be tested for the virus. If you are tested, then it’s very important that you self-isolate UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULT. If you do have the disease, then the medical teams will look after you. For most patients, it will be self-isolation at home because the illness is mild and resolves without any major issues.

Thank you for your support and stay healthy!

More information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found via www.health.gov.au including the following publication:


On the day

When and where is the event?

This year is going to be different. The event is on Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th September instead of May and you can elect to do your 35km (or 42km!) your way – over a week or a day. And you can walk anywhere. Walk your 35kms in your local area or plan a lovely scenic route. You can help support your local community by including one of the many Hawaiian shopping centres on your walk – check out the locations here

Need some help planning your challenge? Just drop us a line and we can help find something that works for you - walk@perkins.org.au

Who can participate?

Everyone is welcome to join the Hawaiian Women's Cancer Challenge. People of all ages can register and participate.

Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult and must have parental or guardian approval.

What time does the event start?

Walk anytime between Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th September. Log your walk kilometres on your fundraising page.  Watch the walk event online and the Opening Ceremony 6.45am on Saturday 26th September.

Should I bring water or food on event day?

We recommend you snack every few kilometres along the route. Fill your backpack with chips, popcorn, fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruit, lollies, lunch. Take your own water bottle and plan your stops if your doing the 35km all in one day.


How much does it cost to register?

Registration is free in 2020. We want you to embrace the challenge and raise funds for the Harry Perkins Institue of Medical Research.

Register here.

How do I register?

It’s easy! Register and join the fight to defeat women’s cancer with the Perkins.

Given there's no hosted event this year, do I get a refund for my registration?

Absolutely! If you would like a refund of your 2020 registration fee or turn your registration fee into a donation, just let us know. We are here to help. Please give Marilyn an email at walk@perkins.org.au


35km is a long way. Will I be able to walk that far?

The Walk is not a race. You are encouraged to take it at your own pace as people of all abilities and fitness levels take part. You could do the 35km over 7 days or all in 1 day.

I’ve never walked that far. Should I train?

We encourage you to train for the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge, because it’s a tough distance – but you’re tougher. Why not boost your fitness! You have all week to make the 35km so you can do 7km walks for 5 days.


How do I create a team?

When you’re registering, click ‘Create a Team’. Enter the team name and that’s it!

How can my friends join my team?

When you’ve created the team, tell your friends the name of the team so that they can search for it and join when they register.

Can I walk with my team?

As at 2nd June people can come together in groups up to 20, but social distancing is required. So walking 1.5 metres apart with up to 19 of your team mates is ok. As things change, we will keep you updated.


How much do I have to raise to participate?

There is no fundraising minimum.

We encourage you to take the challenge and raise as much as you can for our medical research. If you are nervous about asking for support, you’re not alone! However, once you start fundraising you will be surprised by how much your friends, family and colleagues want to sponsor you in a cause you care about.

Check out our fundraising resources here.

I don’t know how to fundraise. Can you help me?

Yes of course! There’s a dedicated team at the Perkins ready to help you with fundraising ideas to get you started. There are also rewards and incentives along the way. You can check them out here. For more information contact 6151 0759 or walk@perkins.org.au

How do I make a donation?

Making a donation is simple! Click here to donate to a participant.

Can I use the Facebook donate button for my fundraising?

Please do not use the facebook donate button.  Your donations do not go to your fundraising page as they are handled through a third party.

If you have already done this we suggest you delete your post as this is the only way to remove the facebook donate button. Then create a new facebook post and share the link to your fundraising page without adding the "donate" button.

If someone has donated using the facebook donate button and has selected the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as the charity of choice we will eventually receive the funds but there may be some long delays. Plus it will not show on your fundraising total.


How do I volunteer for the event?

Being a volunteer is an important role. Volunteers help behind the scenes, helping walkers stay positive and keep the participants going with their cheerful support!

If you’d like to be a part of the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge please register here. The more the merrier, so get your friends and family involved!

How do I login to the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge?

Once you have registered for the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge, an account is automatically created for you. If you registered yourself, you should have set up a password. If you were registered by someone else, you will have received an email with a link to create your own password.

If you can’t find that email, use the create account feature on the login page. If you were registered by someone else and they didn’t use your email, you will need to ask them to login to their page to help you edit your registration or fundraising information.

Why is the event held over one week? 

World Cancer Research Day is on Thursday 24th September and given all of our fundraising goes toward research into women's cancers, we wanted to make big noise about how committed we are. And because we can't all be together on one day, we wanted to give you all more flexibility to complete your challenge. But remember, if you want to walk all 35km in one day - go for it! But we also needed to be flexible to adhere to government regulations.

Do I still need to raise $1,000?    

No. We understand that 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. What's important is not having a fundraising target, but simply walking for women's cancer and raising whatever we can to help. But don't forget, there are still lots of incentives to get you heading toward our $2000 VIP Promenade Club benefits.

What if I can't walk during the week 20 – 26 September? Can I do it in another week?     

Yes you can, but your kilometre tracking won't be recorded.

Where should I walk 35kms?      

You can walk anywhere. Walk your 35kms in your local area or plan a lovely scenic route. You can help support your local community by including one of the many Hawaiian shopping centres on your walk - check out the locations here

Your going to smash it, how about 42km - the marathon?

Need some help planning your challenge? Just drop us a line and we can help plan something that works for you - walk@perkins.org.au

What happens to the Kilometres walked that I log prior to the 20th September?

We keep a record of these, but they will be available on your walking app, for example Fitbit, Map my fitness or Strava.

What if I can't get to the Perkins to pick up my t-shirt and fundraising incentives?

There will be plenty of time to pick it up or send a friend or your team captain. Make a booking here to pick up your pack at the Perkins in Nedlands Monday to Friday 14 to 18 or 21 to 25 September.

How do I log my kilometres on my fundraising page with my device or manually?

Download our Guide to Logging your Km's here.

Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your workouts!

If you track your workouts with Fitbit, MapMyFitness or Strava your distances will automatically add to your tally.


Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:

  1. Download the Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account 
  1. Log in to your Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge account.  
  1. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app. 
  1. Follow the prompts to connect your account 
  1. When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.


If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.


When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

When using MapMyFitness, you must ‘start’ your workout, ‘stop’ your workout and then ‘SAVE’ your workout.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Remember, you can manually add your kilometres to the tally in your My Fitness Activity tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.

Follow these steps to manually add your KMs:

  1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’ 
  1. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance 
  1. The number of KMs will now appear on your fundraising page!

What is the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge Strava Club?

You can join other walkers on the Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge Strava Club. Get social and check out what other walkers are doing. Look up your statistics on leader boards, get inspiration for training walks or compare your walk against your friends.

Check it out here.

To Find the Club.

  • Hover over the 'Explore' tab at the top of the page and select 'Clubs' from the drop-down menu that appears.
  • On the next page, you can search for Hawaiian Women’s Cancer Challenge Strava Club in Perth.
  • Join by clicking the join button. You will receive notifications in Strava from the club, but not other Club members unless you follow them.

Give kudos to your team mates on Strava or check out their walk pics.