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about frocktober

What is Frocktober?

Frocktober is the campaign that empowers women around Australia to channel their creative flair through their favourite frocks, all while raising urgently-needed funds for the OCRF’s innovative research projects that help to shine a light on ovarian cancer.

For a day, a week or the whole month of October, something as simple as the clothes we put on our back has the potential to start important conversations, raising awareness of the lack of early detection method, of women’s experiences, and of how we as a community can do more to support ovarian cancer research.

How can men get involved in Frocktober?

Frocktober is all about participation—and that includes the guys!  Over the years we have seen some very creative ways for Frock-men to get involved—it could be as simple as attending a Frocktober event or wearing a Frocktober pin. Why not join in the challenge by wearing ‘crazy socks’ instead of frocks? 

Of course, if you’re feeling fabulous, there’s no reason why you can’t frock up too! 

How can I get my workplace involved in Frocktober?

The workplace is a great place to boost your fundraising efforts. Not only will it open up a whole new supporter base, but it’s a great conversation starter around the water cooler. Pitch it to your boss as a way to boost morale and earn some corporate social responsibility points.

  • Hosting a ‘Frocking Friday’ or casual clothes day is a fun and easy way to get involved. Participating co-workers can be asked to donate a specific amount to the OCRF for rocking their favourite frocks.
  • Organise an afternoon tea. Ask attendees to make a donation in return for a delicious meal. Alternatively, seek out a local venue that would be willing to make a donation.
  • Run an office raffle. Everyone loves winning a prize! Collect some items, wrap them beautifully and put it in the lunchroom to boost ticket sales. You can get creative with the prizes, whether it be a collection of tasty goodies, a gift voucher or maybe even an office perk like a special lunch with the boss.

Are there any rules to Frocktober Or can I set my own Frocktober challenge?

There ’s no right or wrong way to do Frocktober. Can't commit to the whole month? That’s okay! Want to frock up just on weekends? Do it! Frocktober is about everyone doing their part—however that may look to you.

Check out the ideas hub to get some ideas of what you could do to get involved, or get creative and design your own challenge.

I am organising an event, is there someone I can speak to about organising OCRF pins or information packs?

Of course! Whether you have secured the details of your event, or it is still in the planning stages, register your event here and our Community Fundraising Coordinator, will reach out!

I have great photos from my daily frocks or from my event; what should I do with them?

Remember share them to the hashtag #Frocktober2019 and send them through to community@ocrf.com.au so we can celebrate your great work! Who knows, you might even see them pop up on our social media, website and newsletter!

registration

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for Frocktober by following the steps here.
You can join either as a team or an individual.

How do I create or join a team?

You can create or join an existing team while registering for Frocktober when prompted at each step.

If you are looking to join an existing team, you can search for a team here.

Can I participate if I don’t live in Australia?

Of course! Even though our funds are currently funding research projects in Australia, we’ve previously welcomed Frocktober participants from Europe, Korea, the United States and New Zealand!

How do I get my Frocktober registration pack?

Once your registration is complete, one of our Frocktober packing fairies will wrap up your goodies, and send them out to you via Australia Post. You will receive tracking updates through the email provided in your registration pack.

How do I join a team, If i haven't registered?

To join a team you'll need to register to fundraise for Frocktober. After choosing your supporter pack, and entering your details, we'll ask 'How do you want to fundraise?' This is where you can join an existing team or create a brand new one. Then just finish your registration and you're ready to frock n’ roll!

HOW DO I JOIN A TEAM, IF I HAVE already REGISTERED?

Log into your account, and in the top area of your dashboard under "Your Team", there are fields to either search and join an existing team, or create a brand new one for you and your friends.

Donations

How do I donate?

You can donate by clicking the 'Donate' button on the top right hand side of the page. Through this link, you can either search and donate directly to a individual fundraiser, or you can make a general donation to the OCRF.

How do I receive donations or encourage people to donate?

Donations can be made directly through your fundraising page. Any donations made through here attract 0% commission from the fundraising platform.

The best way of encouraging people to donate is to:

  • Share the link to your fundraising page.
  • Talk about it! On the street, at work, at a café in a store—your frock or Frocktober badge can act as a conversation starter. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, as well as funds. Don’t know where to start? 

Check out some of our resources here

Where does the money go?

The donated money goes directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) to put towards innovative research projects.

These projects specifically focus on saving women's lives and improving treatment options for ovarian cancer patients. With your support, we are funding exciting work towards the discovery of an early detection test, as well as more effective therapies that stop ovarian cancer from coming back.

You can find out more about our current projects here. Only research will shine a light on ovarian cancer, ensuring no woman is left in the dark.

When do donations close?

Frocktober occurs throughout the month of October, therefore the last official day is 31 October. However, fundraising pages will stay open until November 30th, so that you can collect those last few donations and finalise any post-event donations.

I haven’t received a donation receipt. What should I do?

A receipt should have automatically been sent to you once your donation has been made. Make sure you check your junk or spam folders. If you haven’t received a donation receipt within 5 business days, please contact us at admin@ocrf.com.au or on 1300 682 742.

WHY CAN’T I CLAIM RAFFLE TICKETS OR AUCTION PRIZES AS A TAX DEDUCTION?

We can’t provide legal advice, however the ATO website says that when you are buying items at a charity auction, purchasing raffle tickets, or tickets to attend a fundraising event, then these costs are not considered a gift, and you cannot be provided a deductible gift recipient (DGR) receipt.

For more information, please visit the ATO.


If your question is still unanswered, please email community@ocrf.com.au or call 1300 682 742. 

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