At Challenge4Change we have a different way of thinking. We know that regular exercise can have a profound effect on your mood. We believe that one of the best ways to keep a healthy body and healthy mind is by staying active and staying connected with friends and family. And we are taking action. So let’s have a go. Together.
What's it all about?
One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on your mental wellbeing. It can also relieve stress, improve memory, help you sleep better, and boost overall mood. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a huge difference and no matter your age or fitness level, exercise is a powerful tool in feeling better.
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How it Works
From pogo sticking around the playground to running a marathon with mates, to simply stepping out with your family, Challenge4Change is a Virtual Fundraising Challenge with a simple premise; Taking Action to Support Mental Wellbeing is good for us all!
Here's 3 popular Challenge ideas to help you to take action for YOUR chosen cause*!
1. RUN IT!
Turn your love for running into a force for good by setting yourself a personally running target for the week of the challenge. Want to run the length of a marathon (or more!) over the week in between work and your social events? We know life can get busy but for the week of the challenge, set a fitness goal and get your friends and family to sponsor your marathon effort! You can even add your kms manually or via fitness apps directly to your fundraising page to show your progress!
2. WALK IT!
Do you live close to work? Do you catch public transport? If you live close enough, get your walking shoes on and take the walk to work challenge for the week of the event! If you catch public transport, you can get off a few stops before work (and before home on the way back) and walk the extra few kms (try 2km or more each way)! Show your friends and family you’re committed to making
a difference and take the walk home challenge!
3. RIDE IT!
Live too far from work to walk? Take the ride to work challenge! Hop on your wheels and set a goal to ride to and from work every day for a week! Let your friends and family know you’ve given up the car or bus for the week and to sponsor you to put your helmet on to ride to and from work. You can add the kilometres you ride manually or via a fitness tracker directly to your fundraising page so your supporters can see your progress!
*Remember these are just a few ideas - feel free to dream up your own!
- Choose your challenge using a creative mode of non-motorised transport.
- Select the charity or cause of your choice and start fundraising! (either one of our featured charities or a local community initiative).
- Then complete your challenge anytime between 9-15 October with friends, family or people from your community!