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 2019, more than 12,500 keen participants took part in the Caritas Challenge and raised much needed awareness for South Sudanese families who have been displaced as a result of conflict, famine and poverty. Standing together in solidarity, even from the other side of the world, these Caritas Challenge superstars did indeed bring a lifetime of change raising more than $60,000. These funds have been used in camps throughout for vulnerable families in South Sudan.

Resources for 2020 are now available and registrations are open for this year's adventure.

This nationwide event offers hands-on experiences that are fun and informative to raise funds for those most in need in 2020.

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

See photos from around the country of groups that took on the Caritas Challenge in 2019:

Caritas Challenge 2018




Caritas Challenge Solo

“We can believe in the love of people that we have around us, and there we can find hope.” - Pope Francis

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

Take on the Caritas Challenge in 2020 and join Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand as they work alongside families and communities in some of the poorest and most vulnerable places in our world.


Past challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and more than 70 groups took part with over 12,500 individuals taking on the Challenge. 


Find the main information booklets here along with lots of great activity ideas for South Sudan including games, prayers, videos and PowerPoints.



Find all the Caritas Challenge forms for 2020 here.


Activities from previous years

Find here the games and activities from previous years that focus on topics such as inequality and poverty, water, the Pacific and climate change.


Caritas Challenge Registration

Ready to take on the Caritas Challenge? ONE DAY OF DIFFERENCE FOR A LIFETIME OF CHANGE.

For more information and assistance, please contact Teresa Shanks.


Order Challenge gear

Order your posters, t-shirts and pens for the Caritas Challenge here!


Caritas Challenge feedback

We're always looking to improve. Help us by filling out the Caritas Challenge 2020 feedback form.


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