The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Caritas Challenge

The Caritas Challenge is an annual event for schools and youth groups around New Zealand to demonstrate solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice.

In 2017 the Caritas Challenge will be launched around the country on the weekend of 31 March to 2 April and will run until 14 May. Youth may take part at any time during this six-week period.

This nationwide event offers hands-on experiences that are fun and informative, while raising funds for our important work.

During the Challenge, youth are encouraged to undertake an activity for 24 hours that brings them closer to the living conditions of those less fortunate, and there are four challenges to choose from: Move It, Live It, Sweat It and Stop It.

Caritas Challenge 2017 focuses on our neighbours in the Pacific and the challenges they face as a result of climate change. All funds raised during the Caritas Challenge in 2017 will go towards supporting the people of Kiribati.

Caritas invites you to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Pacific for the Caritas Challenge!


For more information, please contact Michael Stewart

See photos from around the country of groups that took on the Challenge in 2016, below:

Caritas Challenge 2016



Take up the Challenge!

Move It, Live It, Sweat It, Stop It, or create your own 24-hour Challenge. Build solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice, through hands-on experiences that are fun and informative, while you raise funds.

Who you will help

Your support and participation in the Caritas Challenge will enable us to continue working in Kiribati with our partners the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru through several small Catholic groups to deliver programmes focused on health, climate awareness and youth leadership, training for women, developing sustainable livelihoods and agricultural training for youth.

Previous challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and we raised more than $70,000 for our programme in Cambodia Over 9,000 people took on the Challenge.

Resources, activities and games

Challenge gear

We have Caritas Challenge t-shirts, wrist bands and pens available here!

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