Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Smith Family Challenge?
Now in its 13th year, The Smith Family Challenge is an annual fundraising event. Started in 2008 by a former Smith Family Board Member, Paul Tobin, the event has raised over $6million to date. It is a multi-sport, 80 - 100km adventure race over two days, where teams of four raise $50,000 to support The Smith Family Learning for Life programs.
Who runs the Challenge?
The Challenge is supported by a committee of volunteers who guide the event management, recruit the participants, and drive the team fundraising targets. The event is designed and managed by ChallengeWorks.
When is the 2020 Event?
The Challenge will take place from 12-14 March, 2020
What does the course involve?
The 2020 event will take place in the Hunter region of NSW. Exact details remain a surprise until closer to the date! We can tell you it will involve navigation on foot, by bike and on water to the finish line. ChallengeWorks coordinates the course, safety, accommodation, food, equipment, support crew and is available to provide training and equipment advice.
How much does it cost?
Each team of 4 must aim to raise at least $50,000 (including a tax deductible $2,000 entry fee per head to cover costs).
How fit do I need to be?
The Challenge is for your average middle aged man or woman, to go beyond their everyday physical limits, collaborate with a team, and make a positive contribution to the lives of disadvantaged children. You are only as fit as the team you are with! A lot of the course is built around learning something new, navigating well, and using teamwork to get you to the finish line. Learn more
Where does the money go?
All Challengers are paying the full cost of this trip so 100% of donations go directly to the cause. This year the fundraising target is $1,000,000. This will sponsor over 1,600 Australian children in need through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. (It costs $624 to sponsor a student in the Learning for Life program for a full school year.)