What Will You Do to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s?

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help fight poverty in Tanzania.

About Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s

The “Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s” campaign is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help fight poverty in Tanzania. Everyone is invited to challenge themselves for St Jude’s in a fun, creative way to raise much needed funds to help The School of St Jude continue to provide free, quality education to light the way to a brighter future for the students of The School of St Jude.

“The more funds we generate, the more students we can educate. The more students we educate, the greater the impact we will have on reducing poverty to build social capital and capacity in Tanzania.” Gemma Sisia, Founder.

Why Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s?

In 1998, Gemma Sisia had a dream and challenged herself to raise funds to build a school to educate the poorest, brightest children in Tanzania.

Every day The School of St Jude continues to face and overcome extreme challenges in the fight against poverty through education. Our teachers challenge themselves to provide the best possible education. Our students challenge themselves to learn and work hard to improve the lives of their families, communities and country. But, for The School of St Jude, the greatest challenge of all is raising funds.

With the widespread support of individuals, families, schools, universities, clubs, religious groups, Rotary clubs, organisations and companies who participate in the Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s campaign, together we’ll be able to continue to provide vital education for Tanzania’s poorest, brightest students in The School of St Jude’s ongoing fight against poverty.

Fundraising for St Jude’s To the Power of Ten

Gemma Sisia’s challenge to transform a nation through education, started with a single donation of $10. The power of this first $10 started a wave of support for The School of St Jude and now we’re inviting everyone to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s and raise vital funds to ‘The Power of 10’.

There is no limit to ‘The Power of 10’ or the power of good that will be achieved through fundraising or donating to The School of St Jude to help us in our fight against poverty in Tanzania.

Everyone can participate in the Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s campaign! Individuals, families, schools, universities, clubs, religious groups, Rotary clubs, organisations and companies can all create their personal, family or group challenge while fundraising and inviting friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor them in multiples of 10 to raise $10, $100, $1,000, $10,000 or more.

Challenges can be physical, mental, personal development, or even go-without challenges, while families, schools, clubs and companies can participate in the St Jude’s Trivia Challenge or create any number of group challenges. Check out our list of possible challenges below along with lots of fundraising ideas and resources to share with your family, friends and colleagues.

Get Involved & Register to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s

Have you ever dreamed of doing an extreme challenge like skydiving, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro or maybe smashing your personal best record in cycling, jogging or swimming? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to challenge yourself personally by stepping outside your comfort zone and achieving something that you never thought you could?

By creating your own special unique Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s activity, big or small, and by inspiring family, friends, and colleagues to get behind you and sponsor your challenge for $10 each or in multiples of 10, together we can light the way to a brighter future for the children of Tanzania.

The Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s campaign runs from Sunday 24th October to Sunday 1 November 2020 with St Jude’s Day falling on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Whatever your challenge – big or small, extreme or personal; team or individual, register today to participate in the Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s campaign and help the people of Tanzania overcome the greatest challenge of all – poverty.

Take the Fundraising Challenge for St Jude’s

Although you’ve registered to participate in a personal or group Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s activity you also need to take the Fundraising Challenge for St Jude’s. Fundraising is something everyone can do! Here are some hot tips to help you raise much needed funds to meet your Fundraising Challenge for St Jude’s.

Remember, the more funds we can generate the more students we can educate!

    1. Challenge yourself to raise a set amount of funds!
      Every $10 you raise will go a long way toward helping The School of St Jude fight poverty through education. You might set your fundraising target at $10 or be inspired to raise multiples of $10 – $100, $1000 or even $10,000.
    2. Download our fundraising tools!
      By using our fundraising tools you can promote your individual or group challenge far and wide. Download the tools you will need to help you achieve your fundraising target. We’ve prepared Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s posters, email signatures, social media and website tiles, email templates, media release templates and information kits and St Jude’s PowerPoint presentation to help you tell the world about The School of St Jude. See below our resources to download or click here

    3. Start the ball rolling by inspiring others!
      To kick off your fundraising challenge, make the first donation yourself. It might be a $10 donation or one made up of multiples of $10 then ask your family, friends and colleagues to match your donation and watch your total grow!
    4. Spread the word about your Challenge for St Jude’s to raise life-changing funds!
      Your Challenge for St Jude’s will be inspiring so spread the word by sharing news of your challenge in person, online, via email, SMS or video, or download and display our poster at school or in the workplace to inspire others to support your Challenge for St Jude’s just as you’re inspired to support St Jude’s. You can also issue our Media Release template to share your Challenge for St Jude’s with your entire community!
    5. A BIG THANK YOU goes a long way to growing support!
      Each time someone sponsors your Challenge for St Jude’s or makes a donation; be sure to do a big shout out to thank everyone who donates and don’t forget to remind others that we need their help too, will help donations grow!
    6. Share your Challenge on Social Media and invite people to help!
      Use your social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn) to tell the world about your Challenge for St Jude’s and invite people to show they care by liking and sharing your posts and by sponsoring your challenge with donations of $10 or multiples of 10.Spread the word and inspire others by sharing updates on your Challenge for St Jude’s on social media platforms and tag St Jude’s using #ChallengeYourself #FightingPovertyThroughEducation #ChallengeYourselfForStJudes #TriviaChallengeForStJudes #TheSchoolofStJude

Need more information or fundraising support?

Need help spreading the word? If you’re hosting an event and would like information to hand out to guests, we’d love to send you brochures or USB sticks packed with information on St Jude’s.
Please send us an email and we’ll send you what you need.

Need help fundraising? Please send us an email to find out more about the Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s fundraising campaign and how to get your family, friends, school, university, club, religious group, Rotary club or workplace on board!

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What will you do to “Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s”?

Everyone can participate in the Challenge for St Jude’s. Individuals, families, schools, universities, clubs, religious groups, Rotary clubs, organisations and companies can all take part to raise vital funds to support The School of St Jude’s life-changing education for our students.

Register to create your own unique challenge or be inspired by one of the suggestions below. It’s up to you how you choose to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s or how your team, class, school, family, workplace or place of worship will challenge themselves or each other. If you’re creating a group challenge or an event, remember to do it COVID-SAFE!

You can create any challenge you like and ask your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor your challenge in multiples of $10 or host an activity and charge your guests $10pp.

There is no limit to what you can do so get creative or you can choose one of the following:

St Jude’s Trivia Challenge

  • St Jude’s Trivia Challenge: Host a trivia event at home, school or work. You can buy the St Jude’s Trivia pack and download it for $30 and charge each participant $10. The more participants involved, the more funds you can raise in multiples of 10.

Health, Fitness and Sports Challenges

  • Running, walking, cycling or swimming Challenge: a set distance in a set time.
  • Push-Up Challenge: Challenge yourself and your friends to do a set number of push-ups each day for a set period of time
  • Obstacle Course Challenge: test your stamina and speed.
  • Weight Loss Challenge: Start now to lose those COVID kilos in time for summer and ask your family and friends to sponsor you for every kilo you lose.
  • Skydive Challenge: Challenge yourself to jump out of a plane and invite your friends to do the same! Each of you can ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you in multiples of $10.

Reading Challenges

  • Book Club Challenge: Create a book club with friends and colleagues to read a book with each member donating $10

Practical Challenges

  • Household Chores Challenge: Have you been putting off a household chore you don’t really want to do? Painting the house, shed or the deck? Challenge yourself to roll up your sleeves and ask your family and friends to sponsor you!
  • Used Goods Sale Challenge: Clear out those items that have been collecting dust, hold a used goods sale by listing items on ebay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace and donate the proceeds to St Jude’s.

Entertaining Challenges

  • Dinner Party Challenge: Challenge yourself to cook a three course meal for family and friends and charge guests $10 per course
  • BBQ Challenge: Invite family and friends to a BBQ at your house and charge guests $10 each
  • High Tea Challenge: Invite your family and friends for a high tea and charge them $10 each

Creative Challenges

  • Artwork Challenge: Use your artistic flair to create 10 artworks and sell them for $10each
  • Knit-a-thon: Knit or crotchet a scarf and ask your family and friends to sponsor you
  • Mask-a-thon: Make COVID-SAFE masks and sell them for $10 each

Go-Without Challenges

  • Smart Device Challenge: Do not use your smart devise for a weekend or cut your weekly usage by 50%
  • Give It Up Challenge: Give up alcohol, sugar or carbs for a set period of time and ask your family and friends to sponsor you
  • Fasting Challenge: Fast for a set period of time and ask your family and friends to sponsor you

Event Challenges

  • Social Challenge: Host a morning or afternoon tea at home, school or work for a $10pp
  • Trivia Night: Purchase a St Jude’s Trivia pack for $30 and charge entrants $10pp
  • Games Night Challenge: Invite guests to a game night with each player donating $10pp
  • Karaoke Challenge: Each singer donates $10
  • Bake Sale Challenge: Bake batches of cookies, cakes and cupcakes and sell to friends


NOTE: If you’re creating a group challenge or an event, remember it must be COVID-SAFE!

Family Challenges

  • St Jude’s Trivia Challenge
  • Family Games Night Challenge (e.g. scrabble)
  • Family Health and Fitness Challenge
  • Family Reading Challenge

The Schools Challenge for St Jude’s

Education, Health, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness are the values of The School of St Jude. For schools we’ve created challenges based on these values and we’re inviting all schools to participate in the Challenge for St Jude’s where students can raise up to $10 each for The School of St Jude by participating in one of the following School Challenges for St Jude’s.

Primary School Challenges for St Jude’s

  • The Kindness Challenge for St Jude’s: 10 acts of kindness to raise $10 – Sponsored by family and friends to raise $10 per student – $1 per act of kindness
  • The Speech or Story Challenge for St Jude’s: Write or video, a speech or story on why it’s good to be kind to raise $10 from family and friends and share the speech or story in class, at assembly and on your school’s social media platforms.
  • Junior Art Challenge for St Jude’s – students are invited to:
    • Produce an artwork on the subject “Why it’s good to be kind” 
    •  Artworks will be judged by the school which they can share on social media
    • Students can sell their artwork to a parent, relative or neighbour for up to $10 per artwork
  • Junior Sports Challenge for St Jude’s: Students participate in a sports challenge and contribute a gold coin donation or seek sponsorship for up to $10.
    • Star Jumps – 100 Star Jumps
    • Walkathon
    • Marathon or Sprint

High School Challenges for St Jude’s

  • The Kindness Challenge for St Jude’s: 10 acts of kindness to raise $10 – Sponsored by family and friends to raise $10 – $1 per act of kindness
  • The Speech or Story Challenge for St Jude’s: Write or video, speech or a story on why it’s good to be kind to raise $10 from family and friends and share the speech or story in class, at assembly and on your school’s social media platforms.
  • Trivia Challenge for St Jude’s: Download the Schools Trivia Pack for $20 and each student contributes a gold coin donation to participate
  • In Class Knowledge Challenge: Students can donate a gold coin or be sponsored by family
    • Maths or Science Challenge
    • Spelling Bee Challenge
  • School Performance Challenge: Music, drama or dance students create a concert or performance for parents and charge $10 ticket price or perform for the school during lunch time and charge a gold coin donation
  • High School Art Challenge for St Jude’s
    • Produce an artwork on the subject, “Why is a challenge rewarding”
    • Artworks will be judged by the school which they can share on social media
    • Students host an art exhibition with entry via a gold coin donation and sell their artworks for $10 to a parent, relative or neighbour

Workplace Challenges for St Jude’s

  • $10 Challenge for St Jude’s – Host a morning or afternoon tea with staff donating $10 per person.
  • Invite staff to participate in the “Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s” campaign. In-house challenge activities can be built around best practice professional performance (i.e. meeting existing monthly KPIs for ease of use) which is sponsored by colleagues and friends.
  • Companies invite staff to form teams for a sport and/or fitness challenge. Each team’s challenge is to win the event and raise $10,000.
  • Interdepartmental competition – The challenge is which department can generate the most funds through gaining sponsorship for the activities – “What will your team do to Challenge themselves for St Jude’s?”

Pub and Club Challenges for St Jude’s

  • Host a Trivia or Karaoke night and charge teams or entrants $10pp. If you don’t have a trivia night already, you can download the School of St Jude Trivia Pack for $30.
  • NOTE: If you’re creating a group challenge or an event, remember it must be COVID-SAFE!

Rotary Clubs, Universities and Club Challenges for St Jude’s

Rotary Clubs, universities and Clubs (in general) can participate in the Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s campaign by choosing from any number of ideas listed above.

Religious Group Challenges

The School of St Jude accepts students of Christian, Muslim, and other faiths from 69 different tribes. The School of St Jude does not discriminate with the ethos that every child has the right to an education.

  • Religious groups can take the Challenge for St Jude’s by choosing from any number of ideas listed above.
  • Collection Challenge: Invite parishioners to donate to St Jude’s.

Inspired to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s?

Take the plunge and register to Challenge Yourself for St Jude’s today and help raise vital funds in the fight against poverty in Tanzania. If you need information on fundraising regulations or more information and fundraising tips, please pop us an email – we’d be happy to help!

Can’t do a Challenge for St Jude’s? You can still help by making a donation or sponsoring a student’s academic scholarship today!

Thank you from everyone at St Jude’s!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who is opening their hearts and their wallets to help us meet St Jude’s ongoing challenge to continue funding free, quality education for Tanzania’s poorest, brightest children. Together we are lighting the way to a brighter future for our students, their families and communities.

Donate the funds you raised for St Jude’s

Our heartfelt thanks from every student, parent, teacher and everyone who works behind the scenes to make The School of St Jude a leader in fighting poverty through education!

Once you’ve Challenged Yourself for St Jude’s and raised a bucket of money that will help us continue to provide free, quality education for our students, the easiest way to deposit your funds is online, but sometime this isn’t always possible so visit our donate page to pay via cheque or direct deposit.

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