Frequently Asked Questions
What is the "Bling Fling"?
Bling Fling is a fun charity event set up by a group of volunteers in 2009 to help raise funds for two Aberdeen Charities: Breast Cancer Research Projects and Services at ARI and Archway, a fantastic service that offers respite care services to children and adults with learning disabilities.
The event consists of two parts. Firstly, a 10K (6 mile) walk along the old Deeside railway line to Cults and back, followed by a Party in the Duthie Parks Winter Gardens.
The After Party is to celebrate life and friendship and hosts an evening of live entertainment, delicious canapés and sparkling pink fizz along with a fantastic array of beauty treatments and therapies for you to treat yourself to.
What charities will benefit from Bling Fling?
All monies raised this year will help fund the fantastic work of Prof Heys and his team into Breast Cancer Research and Care at ARI and also help Archway offer day care activities to over 200 families across the North East of Scotland.
When and where is the Bling Fling?
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014
Registration: 4.30pm - 5.30pm - near Polmuir Road Entrance (we strongly advise getting there early to avoid queues)
Following a brief group warm up by Aberdeen Jazzercise, the walk will commence around 5.30pm.
After Party: 7.30pm - 9.30pm in Winter Gardens, Duthie Park (FREE and open to registered entrants only: featuring live local entertainment, beauty treatments, therapies and refreshments.)
How long will the walk take?
We estimate that the full 10K walk should take approximately 2 hours (or 1 hour for the 5K).
Will there be toilet facilities available during the walk?
Yes, there will be additional toilet facilities in the Duthie Park and at the half way point at Cults.
Who can take part?
The Bling Fling is suitable for anyone aged 14+, and is suitable for any fitness level and experience of walker.
What do I need to do to take part?
You must pre-register online as no applicants will be allowed to enter on the day. Click here for details. Entry fee is £25 per person and includes Event Tee-Shirt, Refreshments on walk, Entry to After Party with food, fizz, therapies and live entertainment.
What if I am not available to do the walk, can I still make a donation?
Yes, of course. Bling Fling are very pleased to accept online donations here or you can post a cheque (made payable to "Bling Fling") to our admin office. Our address can be found here - Thank you. Or why not host your own event to raise funds for Bling Fling? Check out our ideas page here.
Can I register a group of friends as a team?
Yes you can and this is a good way to ensure that you walk with your friends by giving yourself a Team Name. However, each team member must have entered online via our website and have paid their registration fee, and pledge to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.
How much sponsorship do I have to raise?
We ask all entrants to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship, although there is absolutely no limit to how much you can raise. Every penny you make in sponsorship will boost these worthwhile causes. Once you have entered online for Bling Fling 2013 we will forward you details on how to set up your own sponsor page online which ensures you reach all your friends, family and colleagues. And remember, if your company is in a Matched Giving Scheme, you could double your sponsorship by letting them know you are taking part in the Bling Fling.
What if I struggle to raise £50 in sponsorship?
As demand to take part is high, we do ask that you must raise the minimum £50 required. However, this does not need to be via traditional sponsorship. View our Fundraising Ideas page for more ideas.
When will I hear that my application has been accepted?
Places are limited and so will be allocated on a first come first served basis. So please ensure Register online early to avoid disappointment. As soon as we receive your payment, we will send you confirmation of your place. Please note correspondence will be via email where possible to minimise postage costs to the charities, but don't worry if you don't have access to email we will post to your home address. If you do not hear within 10 working days of you posting your entry, please contact us.
What should I wear for the walk?
You will need trainers or good fitting walking shoes for the actual walk, but feel free to change into your high heels for the Bling Fling After Party! You will receive a Bling Fling T-shirt to wear for the Walk prior to the event date - and please feel free to customise yours with extra bling if you want.
How can I get to the Duthie Park?
Car parking spaces will be limited, so if you can, please use public transport or arrange to be dropped off and collected. If you would like to travel by bus, please click here for more information.
If you should have any further questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us as we would love to hear from you.