Frequently Asked Questions

About the opportunity for change

What’s the issue?

During the pandemic, the super-rich have become more than $2 trillion richer than they were before. Meanwhile, millions of families have been left without health care, income, schooling or enough food to eat. And a shadow pandemic of violence against women and people of colour is raging unchecked.

Now is the time to call on our leaders to #WalkTheTalk and put people and planet before profits - before it is too late.

What are you asking world leaders to do?

We’re asking leaders to #WalkTheTalk and put workers, communities and the planet ahead of CEOs and shareholders. We want world leaders to change the system that has left so many people around the world without incomes, food, healthcare or basic safety. This includes:

  • Health care, education and social protection for all.
  • Putting an end to violence against women and racial discrimination.
  • Defunding big polluters and invest in green alternatives
  • Taxing the rich and big companies fairly.
  • Canceling the debt that developing countries owe to the rich world.

How will my participation help?

By joining our round-the-world journey, you can show leaders that people everywhere want a healthy and safe future for all of us - not just for a few. And by getting others to sponsor your walk, you can provide immediate practical help to those who are suffering the most.

Which countries are taking part in the walk?

People in countries across the globe are taking part in the Walk for Survivial, including: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, France, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam. 

About taking part in the Walk for Survival

What do I need to do?

Taking part is easy. All you need to do is click on the register button on our website, create a profile and start walking. You can walk, run, or move at your own pace, in your own way and there’s no minimum distance you have to complete. Record the distance you complete and we’ll add this to our global total.

How far do I need to walk?

Together, we aim to complete a journey around the Earth (40,000 km) but individually there is no minimum or maximum limit that you have to walk.

Walking’s not my thing, can I still support?

If walking’s not your thing, don’t worry - you can still support the cause by sponsoring someone who is taking part.

You can also contribute kilometres by wheelchair or with a walking aid.

Running your kms is also great, if that’s your preference.

Can groups take part?

If you’d like to participate as a group, that’s absolutely fine. We strongly recommend that when you walk, your group adheres to all current social distancing and Covid-19 safety guidelines in place in your country.

For teams or families, we’ll record your individual distances for our totaliser.

When do I need to complete my walk by?

Together, we aim to complete a journey around the Earth (40,000 km) by the end of 2020.

How do I record the distance I’ve walked?

You can log your kilometres by connecting your favourite fitness app to your profile or log your kilometres manually. If you choose to log your kilometres manually, you can use our downloadable kilometres tracker on the resources page.

How do I link my profile page to my fitness tracker?

  1. Download the Fitbit or Strava app and set up your account.
  2. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’
  3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app and follow the instructions to connect your account.
  4. When you begin walking, select ‘start your workout’ in the app. Once you end your walk, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

I’m worried about Covid-19, can I still take part?

If you’re worried about Covid-19, you can still take part by walking in your own home or garden. We strongly recommend that when you walk, you adhere to all current social distancing and Covid-19 safety guidelines in place in your country.

About fundraising

How do I raise funds?

To start fundraising, create a profile on our website. And to help spread the word about the Walk for Survival and the difference you’re making, we’ve created some useful resources for you to download.

Is there a deadline for fundraising?

No, there is no deadline for fundraising. ActionAid’s Covid-19 humanitarian response remains active and the needs of the most vulnerable people have not gone away. 

How will funds raised be spent?

The funds you raise will go towards ActionAid's global coronavirus response, supporting those across the globe who are most in need. It doesn’t take much to make a real difference to lives of some hugely vulnerable people:

  • US $15 can equip a child in India to return to school
  • US $20 can help farmers in Bangladesh plant for the next season
  • US $25 can feed a family of five in Colombia for two weeks
  • US $400 can provide a whole village in Vietnam with a well and storage tank for clean water, now and for years to come

Where does my money go?

10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest

About ActionAid International

What does ActionAid International do?

ActionAid is a global movement of people fighting for women’s rights, social justice and an end to poverty. ActionAid has registered non-profit member organisations in over 40 countries around the world.  

How else can I support your work?

If you’d like to support our work you can donate via our website.

You can also follow our work on social media:

What has ActionAid done to help during Covid-19?

ActionAiders in over 40 countries around the world mobilised quickly to support those most at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our local teams have already reached five million people across 40 countries with women-led responses including basic essentials like food, water and soap, as well as funding for critical services for women and girls.

Our public health messages have been seen and heard by an additional five million people through radio broadcasts, local language poster campaigns and door-to-door leafleting, and have played an essential role in preventing misinformation and stopping the spread of the disease.

Funds raised by the Walk for Survival will go to ActionAid's Covid-19 fundraising appeal to help support those in the most vulnerable communities to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. You can donate, here