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 2018 the Caritas Challenge will be launched around the country on the weekend of 6 to 8 April and will run until 20 May. Youth can 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 2018 focuses on Timor-Leste and the women’s livelihood organisation, Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) that we partner with there. All funds raised during the Caritas Challenge in 2018 will go towards supporting HAFOTI. 


For more information, please contact Michael Stewart

See photos from around the country of groups that took on the Caritas Challenge in 2017:

Caritas Challenge 2017



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 Timor-Leste with our partners Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) a women's livelihood organisation which provides training, marketing opportunities and revolving loans to rural women in order to generate income for them.

Previous challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and more than 70 groups took part with over 10,500 individuals taking on the Challenge.


The Caritas Challenge takes place after Lent – the period of preparation for Easter. All schools receive a teacher’s pack with ideas and activities for Lent. You can access this comprehensive range of additional resources which focus on our work in Timor-Leste.

Caritas Challenge - Activities from previous years

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 Michael Stewart.

Order Challenge gear

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

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