What We Do

Challenge is a not-for-profit organisation that supports children and families living with cancer, 365 days a year.  Our support is free and immediate, helping to lighten the cancer journey by addressing the practical, social, and emotional needs of all our members.

Following a child’s diagnosis, life changes drastically. Families begin a journey of uncharted territory, where they learn to adapt to a new ‘normal’ of life with cancer. Adjusting to these changes is difficult and takes its toll on every member of the family – patient, parent, and sibling(s).

This is where Challenge steps in.

Challenge aims to manage the impact of cancer by addressing the emotional, social, and practical needs of our families. Whether it is help at home or a weekend away as a family, we tailor our services to meet the requirements of each individual and family. 

Membership is free and available to families with a child aged 18 years old or under and who has been diagnosed with cancer or a life- threatening blood disorder. Siblings are also encouraged to sign up as members.

Some of our services include: 

  • Programs for children: Camps, hospital support and activity days, playgroup sessions, movie days, music therapy and massage therapy. 
  • Programs for families: Lunches and weekends away, home help, holiday accommodation, transportation and financial assistance, activities
  • Scholarships and Trusts: Academic and creative scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary students
  • Bereavement services: Support and advice, social groups and retreats

Testimonial

    “When I found out my child had cancer I was in shock and didn’t know where to turn and how to deal with everything. I looked to Challenge for help, support and advice on how to get through this difficult period of time.”
    – Tonya, Challenge Mum

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Challenge Members

Challenge has been operating for over 30 years. You can find out more about our history and values here.

Challenge’s support is holistic – the wellbeing of the entire family is our fundamental concern and a priority at all times.

Challenge members are children aged 18 years old and under who have been diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder. Siblings and parents of the child are equally considered members.

Through our non-medical programs and services, we aim to lighten the journey with cancer. It is our goal to meet the emotional, social and practical needs of our members. You can find a full range of available programs here.

Once you’ve completed the Challenge Membership application, we will be in touch to discuss a program suitable for you and your family. You can also contact us via email or phone (03) 9329 8474 to join or for more information.

Challenge families are welcome to be involved in the program until their child turns 18 or until such a time they no longer need the level of support that we offer. Challenge members will always be a part of the Challenge family and community. We have a number of events and activities that former Challenge members are welcome to take part in.

Definitely not. Challenge understands that the impact of cancer – physically and emotionally – extends beyond the treatment period.

Challenge is committed to supporting our members from the time of diagnosis, throughout the treatment period, and beyond. Bereaved families also have our full support for as long as they need it.

Siblings of a child with cancer often experience a range of emotions, which require support and attention. Challenge recognises this and offers tailored support to meet these varying needs.

Siblings are always invited to take part and come along on camps and activity days where they can socialise with other children facing similar circumstances. 

Siblings can sign up to become a Challenge member here.

No. Many of our families come from regional and rural areas. Many of our programs and activity days vary in location, giving all Challenge members an equal opportunity to attend.

Whilst Challenge services are mainly available for families located in Victoria, we also support people who travel interstate to receive medical care.

Many of our programs and activity days vary in location, giving all Challenge members an equal opportunity to attend.

 We are always happy to discuss support options for people from all over Australia – contact us for more information.

Yes, we welcome members of all backgrounds to participate in our programs and we respect all needs, regardless of race or religion. We offer vegetarian and halal options at all of our events and support children observing Ramadan during camps.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your individual needs. 

Many people help support Challenge by volunteering, participating in our wide range of  fundraising events, or making a donation. Your support is always welcomed.

Visit our get involved page for more ideas!

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