About the Challenge
Since 2008, The Smith Family Challenge has raised $14 million to support the education of children in need.
The Smith Family Challenge is an exhilarating 100km off-road adventure held over two days. Teams of four navigate by foot, bike and on the water to the finish line. Challengers pay the full cost of the event, so 100% of donations go directly to The Smith Family's programs.
Every child should have the opportunity to change their future. But for 1 in 6 Australian children, poverty stands in the way. We believe that education is one of the most powerful change agents. We work with children and young people to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty – so they can thrive now and into their futures.
All funds raised by the Challengers will help us to provide students on our Learning for Life program with financial support for education essentials, like uniforms and books; personal support for the child and their family; and practical support through our extra learning and mentoring programs. This proven combination of financial, personal and practical support enables young people to harness education and build skills to unlock their true potential.
Thank you for your support!
The Smith Family does extraordinary work with the young people of Australia, supporting their education and vastly improving their chances of breaking the poverty cycle they were born into. The Challenge will once again see some of Australia's most privileged show their support for young Aussies. Challengers put themselves through two days of gruelling competition, funding everything themselves and supported amazingly by generous sponsors. Thanks in advance for your interest, energy and financial support. After the event, we will publish our results and some stories of our endeavours, as well as how the money we raise has helped young Australians create better futures for themselves. Welcome one and all, participants, sponsors and other supporters to The Smith Family Challenge 2024.
Non-Executive Director (& participant)
The Smith Family
About the Smith Family
The Smith Family is a national children's education charity with a vision of a world where every child has the opportunity to change their future, no matter what their circumstances. We work alongside families to help young Australians overcome educational inequality caused by poverty.
All children deserve the chance to do well in school and to grow into happy, successful adults. But some children don't have the essentials for their education that all children need. Research shows that when a child experiences poverty at home, it can flow on to impact other aspects of their life. At school, educational inequality limits a child's choices – and employment opportunities in adulthood.
We know that education is one of the most powerful change agents. And with your help, we can ensure young Australians in need get the extra learning support they need today, to unlock their potential for tomorrow.