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 2016 the Caritas Challenge was launched around the country on the weekend of 1-2 April and ran 1 April - 15 May.

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 2016 focused on Cambodia. On a daily basis, many Cambodians face social injustice such as loss of land, the effects of climate change, human rights breaches and economic instability.

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


For more information, please contact: Michael Stewart on (04) 496 1781

See photos from around the country of groups that took on the Challenge this year, 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 Cambodia to help indigenous people improve their farming techniques and adapt their crops to a changing climate.

We are working through our Cambodian partner, Development and Partnership in Action (DPA), to help improve the lives of and livelihoods of people in poor, rural communities.

Previous challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2015 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and we raised more than $60,000 for our programmes in the Philippines Over 6,800 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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