Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs below for answers to the most common questions that we get.
If you still can't find what you're looking for then Contact us, and we'll do our best to help!

When is The Push-Up Challenge happening?

The Push-Up Challenge will be running from the 1st-24th June 2022. 

What is the target?

The target for the 2022 event is 3,139 push-ups over 24 days.

This is the target per participant, and it reflects the lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2020 (the latest numbers available).

Note that alternatives to push-ups are allowed if you want to mix it up.

 

Is the daily/overall target individual or shared with the team?

All targets are individual, but you can combine push-ups with other types of exercise if you want to mix it up.
 
You also don’t have to do 100% of this target. Each individual can choose to do 25%, 50%, 75%, or the full amount each day, and will be rewarded with a digital achievement badge in the app for reaching each of these levels.

 

How do I register?

Registrations for The Push-Up Challenge 2022 are now open. Just click on the orange Register button on any page.

If you have taken part before, please note that we have changed websites this year, so you will need to create your account again - your previous account won't work. However, if you use the same email address as in previous years, your history of push-ups and fundraising will still show on your new page. We hope this helps.

Can I still register after 1 June? 

Sure, just for a few extra days though. Playing catch up with your push-ups can be a bit tricky if you've got less days to work with, so get on board as soon as you can. 

How do I create, join or switch teams?

CREATING A TEAM

If you haven’t registered yet, click on Register on any page on our website, and then choose Create Team or Community.

If you’re already registered, just go to your settings and pick the Create/Join Team option.

 

JOINING A TEAM

To join an existing team (i.e. not create a new team), just follow these steps:

If you are yet to register, select 'Join Team' when registering.

If you are already registered, go to your Dashboard and select 'Create/Join Team'

Then be sure to select Join a team. You can then search for the team you would like to join from there. Or, if you have been sent the link to the team page already, simply go there and click Join us.

                               

SWITCHING TEAMS

If you are not a Team Captain, to switch teams, search for the team you would like to join, go to that team's page and then select Join Us.

If you want to leave your team to create a new team, please contact us.

If you are a Team Captain, you will need to contact us to leave your team.

                               

GROWING YOUR TEAM

If you are not a Team Captain, go to your team's page and share it's link via social media or via email.

If you are a Team Captain, you can grow your team easily through your Team Dashboard.

                               

CHANGING TEAM DETAILS

Team details, including Team name, can be changed only by the Team Captain through the Edit team page on the Team Captain's dashboard.

How do I bank push-ups?

The main way to bank your push-ups each day will be via our app. You will also be able to use our website (when logged in). 

During the event, you will be able to bank push-ups for the day you're on, or go back and bank them for any previous day of the event. You can find info on the app here.

Can I bank more than the daily target of push-ups?

You can't bank more than the daily target of push ups.
 
At its heart, we want the event to be about mental health messaging, of course push-ups, and some connection and banter with your teammates - and for these great things to be as accessible to as many people as possible.

 

We know there are people out there that would gladly do 500 push-ups a day, but equally averaging around 150 a day is very intimidating for a lot of people too. If they saw others doing far more than that, it'd be even more off-putting for them.
 
Just because you can't bank more than the daily target, doesn't mean you can't do more! Keep pumping out those push ups!

How do I set up a Community?

You're now able to set up your own Community for The Push-Up Challenge 2022.

Just click on Register, and select the option 'Create Team'.

You'll then; register yourself, create a team, and will be asked if you want a Community too. Easy

How much does it cost to take part?

$0. It is free to take part.

Does it have to be push-ups?

Not at all. We encourage people to mix it up where they can. Perhaps some sit-ups or squats or tailored exercises.

You can also mix up what type of push-up you want to do. Standard, on your knees, wall push-up or even one-handed if you want to challenge yourself even further!

If you want to know what a standard push-up is:
- Ensure your palms are directly below your shoulders
- Push up so that your elbows are straight
- Lower yourself so that your chest almost touches the ground.

What is the maximum team size?

We recommend a maximum team size of 10 people.

More than 10 people in a team can diminish the team vibe and cohesion. You got to keep each other accountable right?!

If you've got more than 10 people we recommend creating a Community which is a collection of teams. Communities are great for large workplaces, schools, gyms and other groups!

Do I have to fundraise?

Whilst encouraged, that is up to you. If that is not your jam, we understand. If it is your jam, sweet - you will be supporting the mental health of Australians.

Why is the name I want taken?

There can only be one. If you've chosen a name for your team, you can't have the exact same name for your community. Try a variation instead, or change your team name so your community can have the one you want.

Or someone else may have beaten you to that name. Sorry about that.

Can I send an announcement to my team/community?

If you're a Team Captain or Community Leader, you can message your team/community so they get an announcement update in the app.

This is one way, they can't reply.

To send a message, log into our website, and in the My Team or My Community section, click on Announcements. There you'll be able to write and send a message to your crew that will appear in the app under Updates in the menu at the bottom.

What/where is the TPUC 2022 Spotify playlist?

Need some motivational tunes for your pushin?

We have a Spotify Playlist for the The Push-Up Challenge 2022. Each day during the event we add 10 new tunes to help you through your push-ups.

Thanks to all of those who submitted their tunes for consideration!

Dollar Match Day

How does Dollar Match Day work?

It’s easy.  All donations made to your page on Wednesday 15 June from 10am AEST will be matched dollar for dollar by Northern Star Resources, until 11:59pm AEST the same day – or until the $100,000 runs out. Very, very exciting!

So, a $50 donation becomes $100. A $100 donation becomes $200. You get the gist. All matched donations will appear on your fundraising page the next day.

So be quick – hit up your friends, family and workmates now. This opportunity is good as gold.

Check out our Dollar Match page for more info.

Will matched donations show on my page straight away?

Matched donations will appear on your page by the end of Thursday 16 June - the day after Dollar Match Day.

When does Dollar Match Day start and end?

Dollar matching starts on Wednesday 15 June at 10am AEST and ends at 11.59pm AEST the same day, or until the $100,000 cap is reached.

We will post on our Facebook page after the matched amount has been used up.

What can I do to share the news about Dollar Match Day?

Tell everyone about our first ever Dollar Match Day! Share your fundraising page to prompt donations. You can do this via email, socials, telephone, word-of-mouth, or carrier pigeon, whichever you like! Or donate to yourself to get things started. We’ve got some dollar matching resources ready to go on our Dollar Match page.

Where are the terms and conditions for Dollar Match Day?

Our terms and conditions page is here and Dollar Match Day conditions can be found at the top of this page.

Are all donations matched?

The first $100,000 worth of donations after 10am AEST on 15th June will be dollar matched.

These donations can be to Individual, Team or Community pages, or direct to a charity beneficiary. All donations made while the Dollar Matching pot is available will qualify.

How much is being matched?

Northern Star Resources is making this Dollar Match Day possible, by generously matching up to the first $100,000 worth of donations made on 15th June after 10am AEST and before 11.59pm AEST.

Who is sponsoring Dollar Match Day?

Our Dollar Match Day 2022 is very kindly sponsored by Northern Star Resources who put in the entire $100,000 matching fund. If your company or anyone else you know might be interested in being a headline supporter of a Dollar Matching Day in the future, or any other aspect of The Push-Up Challenge, please Contact Us.

Will you do more Dollar Match days?

We hope so. Our Dollar Match Day 2022 is very kindly sponsored by Northern Star Resources who put in the entire $100,000 matching fund. If your company or anyone else you know might be interested in being a headline supporter of a Dollar Match Day, please Contact Us.

The Push-Ups

Can I bank more than the day's push-up target?

The maximum amount that can be banked each day on the phone app or website is the daily push-up target.

This is because we want everyone pushing towards the same goal - that goal being recognising and raising awareness of the number of lives lost to suicide in 2020.

I mean we all love push-ups, but we also don’t want anyone hurting themselves. It's possible to have too much of a good thing!

Is this event accessible for different abilities?

Absolutely. In previous years we have had people of various ages and abilities take part.

This year participants could aim for 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the daily target. We also encourage participants to mix up their exercises to fit their abilities. This could mean wall push-ups, sit-ups, triceps dips, or other tailored exercises.

Training tips with exercise alternatives are available on The Push-Up Challenge website. We do encourage participants to seek the advice of a health professional before taking part.

How many push-ups am I required to do?

Over the course of 24 days in June, participants were challenged to complete 3,139 push-ups, to help raise awareness of the 3,139 lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2020 (last year of available data).

You could aim for 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the push-up target, and exercise alternatives were very welcome to mix things up a bit.

The amount you are challenged to do each day varies. You can find the amounts on the App or on your Profile page.

You can also find the amounts:
- On the Handy Resources section of the website
- On Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn @pushforbetter

We suggest breaking up the daily target of push-ups into sets, for example, do a few when you wake up, some during some downtime, and then some before bed, to get as many done as you can. Each set of push-ups is totally up to you.

I have injured myself, what should I do?

Stop and get advice from a suitably qualified health professional. Perhaps there is an alternative exercise you can do, perhaps you need to rest and you can take part next year. Again, chat to your suitably qualified health professional about this.

Can I catch-up on previous days push-ups if I forgot to bank?

You sure can. You can bank your push-ups for previous days (but you can’t bank on future days).

Do this through our phone app or website under your SETTINGS page.

How fit do I need to be to take part?

We have seen people with all sorts of fitness levels take part. If you are not sure consult your health professional. Being able to complete 10 push-ups in 1 set (without stopping) is a good place to start.

If you struggle to complete that we recommend a little bit of pre-season training. You are also welcome to do exercise alternatives such as sit-ups, squats, or tailored exercises.

To break it up, there are 3 rest days (every Sunday) within the 24-day event to recharge for the coming week.

Why are my push-ups not showing on my fundraising page?

Wait just a few minutes (maybe up to 15). They will appear there, it just takes a bit for the banking of push-ups to make their way to the website.

Fundraising

How do we spend the funds that we raise?

Funds raised through the event are used:
- To support our mental health charity partners, Lifeline and Movember
- To cover the costs of running the event
- To ensure that the Push for Better Foundation can continue to operate and run The Push-Up Challenge in future years
- On developing new initiatives to address existing gaps in mental health promotion and provision

As a charity, we are very conscious of our costs. We keep our team small and we lean on some very generous volunteers where we can. This ensures that as much money as possible is able to go towards our core objective - improving the mental health of all Australians.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

Yes there is. The minimum our payment system will accept is $1.

Is my donation tax-deductable?

You bet (if $2 or above).

Can I change who I am fundraising for? How do I do this?

Yep, you can change the beneficiary you are fundraising for; Push for Better, Lifeline (or one of their local centres) or Movember. Past donations that have already been made will not be changed over, as these were made in good faith by the donor at the time.

If you want to change who you are fundraising for, just go to your Dashboard page and it’s easy as. Get in touch with us if you have any troubles!

Please note - if you decide to change who you are fundraising for, and have received donations for more than one beneficiary, your fundraising page will show how much each beneficiary has received.

How do I get sponsors?

When you register you will get your own unique push-up page which you can share with others.

You can email others the link to this page or share it on social media.

We recommend asking for sponsorship as early as possible. Consider asking friends, family, colleagues, work mates, people from your club and other business contacts including suppliers and clients.

Where will I see donations to individuals, teams and communities on your website?

Any donations received by an individual will show on that person's public page, and also reflect on their team page (if there is one, and also the community page - if there is one). This may take a little while to reflect on the site so please be patient.

Donations made directly to a team will just show on that page (and a community page if there is one), and any donation direct to a community will only show on that page.

Are my online donations secure?

Yes. Information exchanged with any website address beginning with https is encrypted before transmission.

How do I sponsor someone?

Easy. Just search for them using the link in the menu at the top of this page. Click on their name and go from there. We will email you a tax deductible receipt and a thank you note.

Why can I not find the person I want to sponsor?

Hmmmm. They could have a private account that you can not search for or perhaps you spelt their name incorrectly. Try searching using fewer letters or ask them to send you the link to their page.

Is there a minumum amount of funds to be raised by each person?

Nah there isn't. Fundraising is encouraged but is completely up to you. Or you may like to make a donation yourself. The event is about participation, we're just glad to have you involved :)

I was never sent/lost my tax deductible receipt. Can I still get one?

Sure thing. If you're a participant, you can find your donation receipts for any donations that you've made yourself in your settings when logged in. Just go to 'My Account', and then 'Your History' and you can download your receipt.

If you've sponsored one of our participants, you can access your receipt by clicking 'Login' in the black bar at the top of our homepage, and then entering your email address on the right hand side under Donor Login on the next screen. 

Can I make a business donation?

You sure can. Just select that option when making a donation.

Why is my donation not showing up on the right page?

Hmmmm. Perhaps you donated to the cause in general or to a team rather than an individual? Or maybe you chose to make your donation private. Please contact us and we will help you out.

Can I donate to a team or the cause in general?

Yes. To donate to a team go to their page (use the search function to find them). To donate to the cause in general, go to Donate above and go from there.

Can I make my donation anonymous?

You bet. When donating just choose that option.

Can I donate to another cause instead?

There are many great causes out there, however for the 2022 event we are focusing our support on our selected beneficiaries.

What is your fundraising license?

The Push For Better Foundation is a charity registered with the ACNC and operates under the following fundraising licenses: 

NSW   CFN/25804
QLD    CH3446
SA       CCP3996
VIC      FR0025950
WA      CC22872
TAS     C/10933

Can I make my page/team/community private?

We understand that privacy is important so to support this, we offer the following options for participants:

1. Individuals

- You can request your page to be hidden which means you won't show up in searches. Note that this also means that nobody will be able to donate to you. Just ask us through the Contact Us page

- We can also hide the list of donations made to your page if you don't want this public - just ask us through the Contact Us page

- You can register using a pseudonym, although please note that this may make it harder for people to find you if you are looking to fund raise

- Similarly, uploading a profile picture is optional (although encouraged)

2. Team Captains

  • You can choose whatever team name you like (within reason). It doesn't have to be your organisation / gym / schools name etc. However, it must be unique, so if someone's beaten you to it, we're sorry about that.

The App

How do I download the App?

The app is available to download for free for both iPhone and Android users.

ANDROID FANS CLICK HERE

iPHONE FANS CLICK HERE

There are a number of push-up apps out there, but ours is tailored for the event, so be sure to get the good one!

We'll see you on the app!

If you have any questions, please contact us here

What features does the 'Push For Better' app have?

As the app is built purely with the event in mind, there isn't much you're able to do in the app right now until the 2022 event begins.

Some features include:
- See daily targets
- Get badges and trophies for hitting certain targets
- Bank (tally) your push-ups
- Learn about mental health (through our daily event fact)
- See how others in your team are going (if you're in a team)
- See how your Community is going (again, if in a Community)

I can't log in to the app

If you are having trouble logging into the app, please:

  • Ensure you have an account for 2022. Participants from 2021 need to create a new account (we have changed website platforms)
  • Ensure that your email you registered with on the website is correct. You can find that email on your account page.
  • Check that your email/password on the app isn't defaulting to the wrong details

What version of the app should I be using?

Prob be best to be rockin Version 1.2.2 or later. Any earlier and you may be missing some sweet new features.

You can find the version of your app on the Account menu (bottom right of app).

Why am I seeing last year's results in the app?

Your phone probably hasn't updated the app automatically since it has been updated. Best to get the latest version of the app. You should be on Version 1.2.2 or later.

How do I send annoucements on the app?

Only Team Captains and Community Leaders can send announcements on the App. These can be done through your dashboard (best done on desktop).

You can send images and links along with your announcements if you like.

Note that people can't reply to you within the app.

Will I get a notification on the app if I get a donation or if a new annoucement comes through?

Not this year. It's a good idea though and we'll consider it for 2023.

Note that you can see the donations coming in through your app on the Donations menu option (funily enough).

T-shirts

When will t-shirts be available for the 2022 event?

T-shirts are now available. Just click on Merch in the black bar at the top of the page or go to https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/shop

What is the design of the 2022 event t-shirts?

They are schmick. Super schmick. 

How do the t-shirt sizes work?

You can find the size guide here

The size guide is accurate, so please check this carefully.

Our t-shirts tend to be a bit smaller than other shirts, particularly for the women's sizes. We therefore recommend that you go for a size larger than you usually would.

My t-shirt does not fit, can I get a replacement?

Yeah sorry we do not offer that this year.

Where do the proceeds of the shirts go to?

The proceeds of shirt sales go towards the costs of acquiring the shirts and, if anything is left after that, the general running costs of the event.

I did not get a receipt for my shirt, please can I get one?

You sure can. Prob best to check your email first though. Perhaps it went through to your spam or perhaps you entered your email address incorrectly? Just contact us and we will hunt it down for you.