Our History

Since 1983, Challenge has worked closely with its members and the cancer community to evolve into the multi-faceted hub of services it is today.

Challenge was established as an auspice program of the Australian Red Cross in 1983, providing an annual camping experience for children and young people living with cancer.

By 1990, Challenge had expanded from a valuable camping program to become the first organisation in Victoria to provide a range of ongoing support and recreational activities for families living with cancer.

In 1995, Challenge became independent from the Red Cross to become a stand-alone organisation. Challenge has continued to grow and develop to meet the changing needs of its members, now delivering a full range of support services 365 days a year.

In 2011, the organisation undertook its biggest project to date, opening the Challenge Family Centre. The Centre is a project driven by the voice of our families and is the perfect extension to complement the existing support offered by the organisation. The Centre provides a non-threatening space where families can come together and feel completely supported in their journey from the time of diagnosis, throughout the treatment period and beyond. The Centre is a one-stop shop for the non-medical needs of our members where they can access many different programs and services.

More About Challenge

The Challenge values lay the foundations for the work we do and goals we set.

Read more about what Challenge does and how it supports families living with childhood cancer.

Challenge members can access a range of programs to support children and families living with cancer, completely free of charge.