Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are supporting Challenge4Change because they understand that mental wellbeing within our communities is something, that can affect anyone at any time and, furthermore, that there is a well understood correlation between regular exercise and improvements in mental wellbeing.

‘Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects…research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent relapsing.’
Better Health Channel. Victorian State Government

Stephanie Rice, OAM

Triple Olympic Gold Medal Winner

I’ve always set big goals for myself from a young age and always knew that I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. With a lot of hard work, dedication and a self belief, I was able to win three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, all in world record time.

After a number of shoulder surgeries and intense training regimes , I decided to retire from the sport in April 2014. This was an incredibly challenging transition for me both mentally and physically, as I began to adjust to a new way of life.

Mental wellness is incredibly important as it dictates how you live your life, which is why I am proud to be apart of Challenge4Change. So let’s challenge ourselves and make a real difference to those around us striving to improve themselves..

It’s not about being an elite sportsperson, it’s about coming together to be the best we can be.

Stephanie Rice, OAM

Rod Kafer

Former Wallaby & Acclaimed Sports Presenter

Performing at a high level for long periods of time can have its moments, however one of the side effects that many players at all levels can experience is anxiety, stress and depression.

Throughout my career I have witnessed top sports people experiencing periods of negativity and depression, which ultimately test their ability to perform at their best. More education and support is needed within sport of all codes and especially with young aspiring athletes to provide avenues to access help. It can be the difference between a successful career or someone turning away because of unassisted road blocks.

Challenge4Change is the 1st event of its kind I know of that tackles the issues of depression, stress and anxiety through an accessible community format. I am honoured to be an ambassador for this annual event series along with the other ambassadors.

Sport, fitness and physical activity have become an intrinsic part of the Australian lifestyle and one that we are here to encourage through our challenge. This may help recharge a passion you once had, help you to reach out within your team or get involved to raise money for family or friends who struggle in these areas.

I look forward to setting out on this journey with you to tackle mental health. Why don’t you put a group together today and sign up to participate in this community event with a great social conscience.

Rod Kafer

Our Partners

Challenge4Change is fortunate to have the support of some important Partners. Register today for FREE and take advantage of some of the fabulous special offers exclusively available to our Fundraisers!

‘Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects…research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent relapsing.’
Better Health Channel. Victorian State Government

Make your donations go further with pre-tax payroll giving. Rally your workmates and get active to support a mental health charity through your workplace. Register your business here (enter Challenge4Change as the event you’re signing up as part of).