Online Fundraising

Participant Resources

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Challenge Timeline

Registration fee

Date: Upon registration


Activity: Call Inspired Adventures to register, or complete the booking form and pay $770 to secure your spot. You’re going to China! You can also choose to pay the registration fee in two instalments: $385 now and $385 within 4 weeks.

Travel insurance 

Date: Upon registration


Activity: Travel insurance is compulsory and must provide adequate cover for cancellation, medical and hospital costs, and emergency evacuation.

Connect with your group

Date: After registration


Activity: Get to know your fellow adventurers on Facebook or via the social media hashtag #VinniesGreatWallChallenge2017

Conditions of Fundraising

Date: After Registration


Activity: Read and sign the Conditions of Fundraising (found in this pack) to receive your Authority to Fundraise. Please send your signed conditions to:

St Vincent de Paul Society


Attention: Zan Schmidt


Charles O’Neill State Support Office 2C West St,

Lewisham NSW 2049, or email

Gear nights

Date: After registration



Activity: Attend your exclusive Paddy Pallin gear night to receive 20% off all gear. Details will be emailed to you.



Visit our Inspired Training page for more information. 

Fundraising plan

Date: 1 week after registration 


Activity: One of our Fundraising Coordinators will call you to help create your personalised fundraising plan.

Registration fee-2nd instalment

Date: 4 weeks after registration


Activity: This is only applicable if you have chosen to pay in two instalments. If you have, $385 is now due.

Travel deposit 

Date: 6 weeks after registration


Activity: Please pay $850 to Inspired Travel to hold your travel booking.


You will be invoiced by Inspired Travel.


(If you opt for automatic debit from your credit card, no invoice will be sent).

Half travel cost balance

Date: November 2016 


Activity: Please send signed invoice and pay half travel costs to Inspired Travel.


You will be invoiced by Inspired Travel.

 Fundraising deposit

Date: Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Activity: Congratulations! 

You’ve reached your first fundraising milestone of $1,500 for Vinnies.


Date: January 2017


Activity: Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date to Australia.


Visit for more information.


You may like to register your travel details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 



Participant dinner

Date: February 2017


Activity: We will arrange a get-together with your fellow adventurers (geography permitting) and Vinnies Team Leader.


Date: February 2017


Activity: Contact your GP or visit for advice on vaccinations you might need.

Travel cost balance

Date: February 2017


Activity: Please pay remaining travel costs to Inspired Travel. 

You will be invoiced by Inspired Travel.

Review your fundraising plan

Date: March 2017


Activity: Check in on your fundraising plan to make sure you’re on track to raise your target amount. 


Inspired Adventures can help you with this.


Date: April 2017


Activity: Australian passport holders require a visa for entry into China. You must obtain your Chinese visa prior to departure. Inspired Adventures will contact you approximately three months prior to departure regarding your visa application. For further information, please contact the relevant embassy.

Pre-departure conference call

Date: March 2017


Activity: Dial in and chat with your fellow adventurers about how to prepare and what to take. 

Fundraising balance

Date: Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Activity: Final fundraising payment of at least $2,500 is due now.


Well done! You’ve reached your fundraising target!


Date: Friday, 5 May 2017


Activity: All your hard work and dedication pays off today - you’re ready to trek the Great Wall for Vinnies!

Your impact


You can help us rebuild lives from the ground up. At a local level, your help will enable our members and volunteers to offer assistance directly to thousands of families and individuals. At a broader level, you will be contributing to a large network of specialist services that enable people to transition out of crisis and break the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage. 


By supporting Vinnies you are making an investment in someone’s future. Vinnies visit families in their homes providing person-to-person practical assistance to help people back on their feet. Vinnies programs provide life skills, education and training to assist people in making better decisions and taking control of their lives.


How your fundraising will change lives:

Through Vinnies home visitation and specialised services, we can ensure that people experiencing disadvantage aren’t alone by offering them the right programs to help them break their personal cycle of poverty and disadvantage.


  • $36 can provide a bed for a night in one of our crisis accommodation services.


  • $82 can pay for a life skills course such as cooking, job interview preparation or learning computer skills through an accredited TAFE course.


  • $214 can provide a safe haven for a woman and her child escaping family violence.


  • $1,000 can prevent a family from being evicted from their home.


The St Vincent de Paul Society (fondly known as ‘Vinnies’) has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in communities across Australia for over 160 years. We offer “a hand up” by respecting each individual’s dignity, helping them to rebuild their lives on their own terms.


With a presence in over 650 communities across Australia, Vinnies helps more than 1.8 million Aussies each year.


Vinnies 40,000 members and volunteers undertake life-changing work in each Australian community every single day.  We visit families in their homes providing person-to-person practical assistance to get individuals and families back on their feet.


In NSW alone Vinnies’ 100 community support services provide assistance to 400,000 people each year experiencing poverty, disadvantage, homelessness, family violence, disability, mental health, addiction, and unemployment.


Every day, Vinnies is on the ground, helping those who need it most in each local community. 


We are a voice for the voiceless and a friend you can turn to when you feel there is no hope.