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 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed our world. As a direct result of the lockdowns many of the planned Caritas Challenge events were postponed or cancelled. However, Caritas was overwhelmed by the support of New Zealanders to the pandemic response. Young and old demonstrated great generosity and genuine care for those in need and more than $130,000 was raised through the Caritas Pandemic Appeal. These funds enabled Caritas partners to focus on prevention, preparedness and response through raising awareness and distributing life-saving supplies.
This nationwide event offers hands-on experiences that are fun and informative to raise funds for those most in need in 2021.
During the Challenge, youth are encouraged to undertake an activity for up to 24 hours as a call to action to raise awareness of social justice in your own communities and beyond.
For more information, please contact Teresa Shanks.