Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs below for answers to the most common questions that we get.
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When is The Push-Up Challenge happening?

The Push-Up Challenge this year ran from the 1st-24th June. The 2022 event is now finished, but please Register Interest for 2023

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 closed. Please Register Interest for The Push-Up Challenge 2023. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 my donation tax-deductable?

You bet (if $2 or above).

Are my online donations secure?

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

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.

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 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