24 Hours of non-stop excitement

After two years of onsite cancellation, the Very Special Kids 24 Hour Challenge returned in full glory on Friday 3 to Saturday 4 June. Nearly 1,000 participants stepped up to the challenge, raising vital funds for seriously-ill kids in 24-hour care while they keep their NovoFit treadmills in continuous motion for 24 hours.

We are thrilled to announce we have raised over $660,000! Thank you to each and every participant, team captain and donor for their support. Your dedication and fundraising efforts have helped improve the quality of life for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

We captured some great snaps that you can view and download here.  

Sending a virtual high five to all the below award winners, thank you so much for your incredible efforts!

Highest fundraising individual – Glenn Carmody $22,384
2nd highest fundraising individual – Andrew Fluitsuma $16,789
3rd highest fundraising individual – Belinda Muir $14,326 

Individual (youth)
Highest fundraising individual under 18 years of age – Cara Lukav $5,260 

Highest fundraising team – ALH Group $137,859
2nd highest fundraising team – Ernst & Young $109,499
3rd highest fundraising team – Honan $55,130 

Note: fundraising awards are based on totals as at 9am Saturday 4 June 

Best dressed winner
Mat Hatter & Alice in Wonderland – Jenn Gavito and her son Julius
Special mention also goes to Jessica Birnbaum and her son Elliott, who dressed as the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

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A big thank you to our DIY participants for taking on the 24 Hour Challenge offsite. Shout out to Jimmy Bartel from 3AW for completing 100km and raising almost $30,000 for Very Special Kids – read more here. Also, Very Special Kids Society University of Melbourne for their valiant fundraising effort. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our individuals, teams and corporate supporters for their support and enthusiasm this year! Special mention to ALH Hotels and Ernst and Young for their phenomenal fundraising and ongoing participation in the 24 Hour Challenge. 

Also, a big thank you to our event sponsors, 3AW, Novofit and Precor. The 24 Hour Challenge would not have been possible without the support of many other participating organisations, in kind supporters, MCs and entertainment. Our volunteers also put in invaluable time and effort to bring this amazing event to life. Thank you everyone, for making the 24 Hour Challenge possible. 

Thank you again for ensuring we can continue providing specialist palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.