Follow these simple steps to organise a safe and fun Giant Walk and achieve real cross-curricula goals on a life-saving topic in your school. You'll also find more hints and tips for a successful event in our Giant Walk resource pack, which is sent to you once you register your walk.
1. Choose your date
Pick the date to hold your Giant Walk on. You could feature it as part of a "Walk on Wednesday" campaign, or as part of Walk to School Week, or if you have Walking School Buses, use the same day.
2. Choose a route
Choose a safe route that you have audited at the same time of day that your walk will take place. This should have wide pavements. If you have to cross a road, this should be at a safe, marked crossing. If there is no marked crossing, any roads you cross should be quiet, local roads. Tell the police and your local road safety representative in your council what you are doing - they may be able to offer you advice and help to keep your walk safe, for example by police stopping traffic for you. Our risk audit form may help you too.
3. What's your goal?
What do you want to achieve from your walk? Are you walking to a local bank, to hand over some road safety posters made by the pupils that the bank is going to display in its windows? Or are you walking to the town hall to submit a letter calling for a new crossing place or a slower speed limit near your school? Or are you walking to a park to plant a tree in memory of someone local killed in a road crash? The children can help you decide!
4. Plan your road safety and environmental learning
Your Giant Walk may be an exciting activity, but you can easily link it to learning at school and at home about road safety and the environment:
- Take a look at our suggestions for pre and post-walk activities.
- Find more resources and activity suggestions in our Teacher Zone.
5. Make your placards!
Cardboard placards made out of sides of cardboard boxes and hung around necks mean that younger children can hold hands with each other to help them stay safe. Traditional placards on sticks are great for waving about and making your walk interesting. Make sure your placards only have two or three big words on them so they can be read easily; for example "Slow Down".
6. Tell others about your walk
- Tell parents about the event in your newsletter. You need adult supervisors to ensure the children stay safely in twos and on the pavement, and the more parents, the bigger your walk! (For safety reasons, it's best if all children in your walk are aged seven or older with at least one adult to every eight children.)
- Inform the media. Local media are always looking for interesting local stories. They may come along and take pictures of your walk for the paper. You could even try and get on radio and TV. Raising awareness of what you are doing among local drivers is important. Remember to take your own pictures for your own newsletter too!
7. Make it a fundraiser!
You can easily do this by asking everyone for a gold coin donation for Brake, or asking children to be sponsored. You can identify this on the registration form and we'll send you relevant resources. In the UK, Brake's Giant Walk raises more than $80,000 for the charity every year. Help Brake NZ develop services for road crash victims by raising funds too!
8. On the day
Make sure children and adults wear high visibility vests as far as possible and children are told the importance of walking calmly, in twos, holding hands, in a giant crocodile. Decide what you are going to shout: 'Look out for kids' is good, but why not come up with your own demonstration chant?
9. After your event
Thank everyone, and have another assembly, presented by the children, exploring what they learned, hoped-for outcomes for their community and anything more that they are going to do.
Pay in your donation to Brake by direct transfer, cheque or credit card.
A huge thank you to Brake's Giant Walk sponsor, QBE Insurance.