Team Camino – 9 Day Fundraising Trek
Sarris to Santiago, Spain
Have you been touched by Breast Cancer?
Did you feel frustrated that you want to do something significant to really make a difference?
Have you ever felt like there was nothing you could do?
Are you looking for an inspired fundraising experience, and want an adventure that can change your life?
Then SO BRAVE’S Team Camino could be perfect for you
– imagine knowing that you have been part of raising $100,000?
Team Camino will be dedicated to raising awareness that
young women get breast cancer
and supporting research to better prevent, diagnose, monitor and treat breast cancer
through this amazing international adventure!
Join 10 amazing and inspirational people on
So Brave’s first Team Camino
for a 9 day adventure
through old and modern Spain in May 2019!
As part of So Brave’s Team Camino, you will join a group of 10 inspiring individuals dedicated to raising awareness that young women get breast cancer and supporting research to better prevent, diagnose, monitor and treat breast cancer.
So Brave was founded by young breast cancer survivor Rachelle Panitz after her own breast cancer diagnosis at age 32, after having just given birth to her son 6 weeks earlier and with a 3 year old daughter. Breast cancer turned her family and professional life upside down and she decided that when she was better she would harness this setback and help empower other women. As a young mother diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks after the birth of her son, Rachelle wanted to create awareness that breast cancer can happen at any age, with or without a family or genetic history. More importantly, she felt very isolated, confused and frustrated with the lack of medical support and information about the risk of breast cancer and in diagnosing young women.
She founded So Brave after a chance meeting with internationally renowned bodypaint artist Wendy Fantasia and the project has gone from strength to strength. In January 2017, after nearly twelve months’ work and nearly 50 creators and participants, So Brave Ltd successfully became its own legal entity and charity, with a clear message and focus on young women diagnosed with breast cancer. So Brave is recognised as raising awareness that #youngwomengetbreastcancertoo and fundraising for breast cancer research.
The first Calendar, launched in August 2016, began with amazing media publicity and successfully raised $70,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Centre for Personalised NanoMedicine. The first Calendar featured the stories and breathtaking images of young women who were diagnosed with breast cancer before 40 years of age in iconic and beautiful locations in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.
Building on this success, So Brave has spent the first half of 2017 travelling over 16,000km to bring the project to regional and remote women across Australia, in this our year of regional focus. In partnership with the McGrath Foundation and with the support of many wonderful McGrath breast care nurses, So Brave brought our once-in-a-lifetime bodypaint and photoshoot days to women across regional and remote Australia; from Mackay in far north Queensland, to Phillip Island, Nullawarre and Warrnambool in Victoria and over to Coffin Bay and up to Alice Springs and many places in between. In 2017, our fundraising efforts will support the McGrath Foundation and will continue to support our investment in breast cancer research. We look forward to building on our successes year on year and raising awareness of breast cancer diagnosis in young women.
As part of So Brave’s Team Camino, you will join a group of 10 inspiring women dedicated to raising awareness that young women get breast cancer and supporting research to better prevent, diagnose, monitor and treat breast cancer.
People have walked the Camino de Santiago for over 1000 years and this time-honoured tradition is how most people experience their Camino. The concept of the Pilgrimage on foot was largely a necessity for poorer Pilgrims in medieval times as few could afford to go by horseback. For the Modern day Pilgrim, walking offers the chance to slow down from the hectic pace of modern life and revert to a gentler, more reflective rhythm.
Best of all, every step you take helps So Brave’s programs for young women including our signature So Brave Model Ambassador Program and So Brave’s research grants program.
Our goal for So Brave’s inaugural Trek is $100,000 which will be a giant step towards supporting this.
Our annual So Brave Model Ambassador Program is a key focus on the So Brave Calendar each year as we work with 12 young women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer before they were 40 years old. They participate in a year-long model ambassador program to share their stories and raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Their once-in-a-lifetime experience in a full bodypaint and photoshoot which features in our fundraising Calendar is one of the most body-positive and empowering experiences our models have ever had.
So Brave’s Research Grants Program will be launched in 2018. The grants will directly fund best practice scientific and medical research across Australia that focuses on better prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of Breast Cancer, particularly in young women.
While the entire length of the traditional Camino is 791km, we have chosen to do the final leg – only 114.6 kilometres through Spain from Sarria to Santiago and our 9 day itinerary will look like this:
Day 1 (May 1 2019): Arrive Monforte de Lemos – free Parador hotel upgrade
Day 2 (May 2 2019): Private transfer to Sarria
Walk Sarria to Portomarin (22.1km)
Day 3 (May 3 2019): Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei (24.8km)
Day 4 (May 4 2019): Walk Palas de Rei to Melide (15km)
Day 5 (May 5 2019): Walk Melide to Arzua (13.9km)
Day 6 (May 6 2019): Walk Arzua to O Pedrouzo (19km)
Day 7 (May 7 2019): Walk O Pedrouzo to Santiago (19.8km)
Day 8 (May 8 2019): Day in Santiago – today is free time and we will join together for a final celebratory dinner
Day 9 (May 9 2019): Depart Santiago
When you break it down it doesn’t look so scary does it? And it is actually only 6 days of walking with time in Monforte de Lemos and Santiago before and after arrival.
Each evening we will do a Facebook Live so friends and family back home can follow your progress and see where you are and how you are doing.
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- 8 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses.
- Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
- Daily breakfast – because we need to start the day right – even if it is super early
- Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 bag up to 20kg bag per person) – so we don’t have to carry our packs uphill, down hill and overland
- Pilgrim’s passport per person – you will have this stamped at each destination to prove you achieved what you have
- Spanish phrase book
- Document case
- Sarria to Santiago Camino Guidebook (John Brierley’s)
- Maps of your hotel locations
- Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
- Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance
- You can be part of daily Facebook lives so as your family back home can watch your progress
The Registration Fee for the trek is $1995 AUD.
This includes a $500 non-refundable deposit payable within 3 days of confirmation of application.
Full payment is required by 15 February 2019. On full payment of your registration fee, you will be issued with a $500 tax-deductible donation receipt from So Brave.
SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
1 – 9 May 2018
Spain – you can fly into Madrid and then get to Monforte de Lemos by train which takes about 5 to 6 hours, we will help you book train tickets and most probably travel as a group from Madrid.
How do we fundraise and how much is expected from us after sign up?
After sign up we will be there every step of the way, we will connect those of you that live near by and create a private Facebook Group so as ideas can be shared. The Cancer Council SA has a fabulous A-Z list of ideas and we urge you to be creative and think of your own new and innovative ones!
We will also give you media releases to contact local newpapers and we are looking to make connections with some of the major players in the media to get the word out there and support fundraising efforts.
Where will we sleep?
We have partnered with RAW Travel who are experienced in every aspect of the Camino and our accommodation is in historic hotels and country houses, with an emphasis on character and great locations. Also known as Casa Rurales which are like B and B’s and provide an authentic Spanish experience we hope you will appreciate and enjoy. All rooms have a private ensuite and are twin share (single supplement is available for an extra $400). If you are coming alone as part of the team then we will pair you with a suitable roommate. We have also teamed up with Liesel Albrecht – The Retreat Specialist to make sure everything is organised to make this an extra special journey. More information about the accommodation on this trip available here.
Can I have a room by myself?
Yes, there is a charge of $400 extra for this.
What will we eat?
Breakfast is included each day as that can be surprisingly difficult to get in Spain when it’s early! But lunches and dinners are no problem and the ‘Menu del Dia’ is excellent value at around $20 for 3 courses. There will be Spanish, French food along the walk and of course food you know to satisfy pilgrims on the journey.
I want to do this but can not convince any of my friends to come along so I am a bit nervous
The Camino is a personal walk so coming without anyone you know is common – but don’t worry we will be well connected even before you leave home through some group calls, a private Facebook Group and our common goal of raising awareness of young women with breast cancer and raising funds for So Brave’s Research Grants Program.
What if I cannot walk that far every day?
It is amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it, we would recommend that when you have made the decision to join us talk to a fitness professional or start a walking regime that will have you ready for the path we will walk. We could tell you it will be like a stroll in the park but that would be misleading, there will be times when we are walking up hill, not like rock climbing but steady inclines and times when it is like a stroll on a forest path. Download this guide from RAW Travel and see what they have to say. https://rawtravel.com/camino-trek-guide/
If you would like to see the detailed itinerary look here https://rawtravel.com/tours/sarria-to-santiago-9/
What do I need to bring?
In locations across Australia, RAW Travel holds special Camino trek information nights to answer all your questions from what is the walk like, to what kind of shoes to buy and what to bring. We are staying in hotels so no need for sleeping bags and camping things, you will be provided with a full list closer to departure – but start to think about hiking shoes and wearing them in well before we leave to alleviate blisters and extra sore feet from new shoes.
Do I need travel insurance?
YES – you will need fully comprehensive travel insurance and will need to provide a copy of this before departure. This is to protect yourself in case of an accident, lost luggage, trip cancellation and lost or broken belongings. You will also need to leave a copy of this with your next of kin and contacts.
Do I need a visa?
Australian citizens do not need visas for Spain, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia. Please make sure of this as we would hate you to get to the airport and be refused entry.
By joining the So Brave Team Camino you get
- A Facebook support group so we can support each other, get ideas and celebrate our fundraising efforts, and of course learn all important trip information. In the case that you are not on Facebook then we will keep you informed by email, telephone calls and in person.
- Letter of Authority to Fundraise from So Brave
- So Brave Individual Fundraising and Donation Page
- Press Releases for local Newspapers
- We will connect you with other women locally to you so as to support each other for fundraising
- A So Brave Team Camino Welcome Pack
- Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning provided by RAW Travel
- A week after we arrive home we will connect via an online call so as to reminisce and debrief. Coming back from a journey like this can take adjustment and we want to make sure you are assimilating well.
- Liesel Albrecht – The Retreat Specialist will create an online photo album for you to download and share your journey with others.
- A Certificate of Participation and a record of the fundraising contribution you have made.
For our first ever Camino, we’re setting our sights high!
As a team, we aim to raise
in funds for So Brave over the next 17 months!
How can I raise funds for So Brave?
Each participant will be given an individual online fundraising page as part of the So Brave Team Camino fundraising portal. We encourage you to engage your friends and family to support you through regular donations and over the next year to really get involved in your community to raise awareness about your amazing achievement!
In terms of fundraising activities you can arrange, be creative and have fun!! What activities and communities are you already involved in that could support your efforts? Our trek will take us 114.6 kilometres through Spain from Sarria to Santiago. Asking people to sponsor each kilometre walked may be an option in addition to running events or fundraisers throughout the year. The Cancer Council SA has a fabulous A-Z list of ideas and we urge you to be creative and think of your own new and innovative ones!!
How much do I need to raise to participate?
In order for So Brave’s Team Camino to reach our goal of $100 000, each participant on the trek will be given a fundraising goal of to raise $10000. This can be undertaken through sponsorship, fundraising events and activities and through your own tax-deductible donations.
What support will So Brave provide?
In order to fundraise on So Brave’s behalf, you will receive a letter which authorises you to collect funds on So Brave’s behalf. You will also be given access to a private Facebook group to share ideas, support your team mates and connect with other local Team Camino members. So Brave will assist in promoting your event and can provide an online event ticketing portal as part of your fundraising page for any events and activities you arrange. We look forward to your becoming an integral part of the So Brave SuperStar Fundraising Team!
When do I need to deposit funds raised?
All fundraising monies raised by, and collected by you, need to be deposited to So Brave’s nominated bank account within 7 days of each fundraising activity. Your fundraising target needs to be reached before you set off for the Camino and all monies deposited prior to your departure.
How do I register to join So Brave Team Camino?
Please contact us through the form below as soon as possible to discuss further. All participants will be required to complete a participation agreement, registration and medical form to participate.
Register your interest NOW
– fill in your details and we will be in touch!!
Discover the Camino – Serria to Santiago, Spain!
On booking your place on So Brave’s Team Camino, you agree to abide by the RAW Travel Booking Terms and Conditions. We advise that you read these thoroughly so you are aware of them.
The $500 deposit is non-refundable as per the RAW Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which also include the following cancellation fees:
Days of Notice: Fee Per Person
61 days or more Loss of deposit
60 – 31 days 50% of holiday package price
30 days or less 100% of holiday package price
All cancellations must be received in writing and are not effective until notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect of accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates.
If you request changes after RAW Travel has issued your documents, RAW Travel may charge you a fee per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.
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