What is the Go Without Challenge?

The Go Without Challenge is a week-long challenge taking place from 21 – 27 September that asks participants to walk in the shoes of people affected by disasters and emergencies. Over the course of a week, participants in the challenge will be asked to go without everyday essentials that are usually at our fingertips – essentials that people may not have access to in a disaster. Participants will ask their family, friends and colleagues to sponsor them with a donation, which will go toward Red Cross’ everyday work helping people when times get tough.

Through this experience, and by sharing the stories of those impacted by disasters, we can help Australians better understand what it means to be prepared.

Why should I/my school/workplace sign-up?

We want anyone and everyone to take part! The Go Without Challenge is designed to be educational and test how prepared you are for a disaster or emergency, but it’s also designed to be fun and spark creativity and resourcefulness with how well you deal with the challenges. It’s a great way for a family to get prepared, for a workplace to hold some friendly competition or for an individual to put their organisation skills (or lack thereof!) to the test, all whilst raising money so we can continue to help people when times get tough.

You’ll also get to learn about Red Cross’ work preparing and responding to disasters, and hear stories of strength and resilience from people in our community.

Disaster preparedness is an important skill – but learning it doesn’t have to be boring. Take part in the Go Without Challenge and get prepared to go without.

When/how can I sign-up?

You’ll be able to register from Monday 17 August, here

Is there an age limit for participants?

Participants of all ages are welcome. Kids may need some help from their parents or guardians to sign-up and complete the challenges, so make sure everyone in the family is on board to participate or help. If you have any questions or concerns, just reach out on contactus@redcross.org.au

Is there a minimum amount I need to raise?

No, all donations are welcome and will make a difference to someone else going through a tough time, however on average most fundraisers raise about $250 (ten friends donating $25).

Why should I donate to my own page?

Donating to your own page helps your supporters see that you’re committed to the challenge and sets the standard for a fundraising amount. People who donate to their own page raise on average 150% more than people who don’t.

You can also earn a ‘rest day’ during the challenge week where you don’t have to go without by donating at least $20 to your page.

Do I need to raise all my donations by a set date?

Donations must be finalised by the end of October. We will be in touch with all participants after the challenge ends with final donation and banking options.

Where does the money raised from the Go Without Challenge go?

Funds raised through the Go Without Challenge will help Red Cross support the most vulnerable people in our local communities, here in Australia and across the Asia Pacific.

Why are you sending me a cardboard box?

If you register by 7 September, we will send you an emergency kit box in the mail. An important part of being prepared for a disaster is to have a kit of essential items ready to go if you need to evacuate or lose access to your everyday essentials.

What do I put in the box you send me?

It’s a good idea to include a combination of practical items, such as food, clothing, a torch, batteries, and essential documents, and sentimental items you wouldn’t want to lose or are irreplaceable, such as photos, jewelry or a cherished childhood toy. Still, stuck for ideas? Check out our suggestions

How much cash am I allowed to use during the week?

We recommend $200 for adults, but everyone’s personal circumstances are different, so feel free to adjust up or down as needed. Try and take out your set amount at the start of the week and stick to living off that for the entire challenge week.

The intention is that you will use your cash allowance for day to day purchases, like food and transport. Larger recurring expenses like rent and utility bills do not need to come out of your cash allowance.

I’m not comfortable using cash/I’m purchasing things at places that won’t accept cash

We understand that these are challenging times and you may be in a position where you can’t use cash. In this case, you can use or EFTPOS or credit card, but please stick to your $200 limit for the week.

What is a rest day?

A rest day is a reward given to you when you donate more than $20 to your page. You are able to choose one day during challenge week where you don’t have to do the challenges.

What happens if I slip up during the challenge and break the rules? Can I still continue?

Definitely! We understand that things may not go according to plan and there are reasons why you might not be able to go without one of the essentials. We just ask that everyone puts their best effort in.

What if I feel ill during the Go Without Challenge?

The health and safety of all of our challenge participants is our priority. Please look after yourself and know your limits - don’t continue with the challenge if you feel ill or are medically advised to stop.

What prizes are you giving away? How do I win?

We’re giving away two prizes as an added incentive for your fundraising efforts. We’re giving away: 

  • 1 (one) x $500 VISA prepaid gift card for the person who raises the most overall as at Saturday 31st October 5pm AEST
  • 1 (one) x $250 VISA prepaid gift card for the person who raises the most during challenge week, starting Monday 21st at 8am and concluding on Sunday 27th September at midnight AEST

You don’t need to do anything to be eligible for the prizes, except fundraise. Everyone who is registered will automatically be considered. Prizes are for individuals only. 

I can’t log on to my fundraising page

Please get in touch with our friendly team at contactus@redcross.org.au or give us a call at 1800 733 276.