Basketball Victoria gets involved in The Pushup Challenge

Basketball Victoria is proud to partner with Lifeline Australia and The Push Up Challenge this year.

We would like to invite our participants to join in Australia’s largest mental health and fitness initiative, The Push-Up Challenge, 1-25 June 2021 and raise funds for Lifeline Australia.

We’re pushing for the time when we speak about our mental health in the same way we speak about our physical health.  We’re pushing for an Australia free of suicide. Will you help us push for that? Participants take on 3,318 push-ups from 1-25 June putting the spotlight on the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2019 whilst raising vital funds for Lifeline’s critical services.

Every push up counts. Every push up remembers a life lost to suicide.

This past year has taken its toll on many in our community; unprecedented demand for Lifeline services has not slowed with January to March generating more calls for support than ever in the history of Lifeline. Currently Lifeline is receiving a call for help every 30 seconds.

You may have had your own experience with mental ill health or might know someone going through a tough time. Not only is The Push-Up Challenge a way to promote exercise as a part of improving your own mental health, but it’s a great way to start a conversation with your friends and family about their mental health and to show your friends, family and peers that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Through the Push Up Challenge you can sign up solo, share the load with your mates or co-workers and create a team that can work together to accomplish 3,318 push-ups.

Spread them out over the day, split them out between your teammates, and track your progress, all while learning more about mental health and raising funds to help create an Australia free of suicide.

Join us, as we push for better mental health by clicking here to register.

Together with your help, we can ensure no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.

The Challenge is a powerful platform to engage in a conversation about mental health and suicide prevention whilst raising vital funds for Lifeline’s critical services.

Colin Seery, CEO of Lifeline said “Lifeline Australia is delighted to be involved with The Push-Up Challenge this year to encourage Australians to connect through exercise and learn more about the importance of maintaining mental wellbeing. It’s through working together that we can best save lives.”

Each day, participants push-up while learning about mental health, with the number of push-ups changing day to day to reflect a vital mental health statistic. For example, 201 push-ups because At any one moment, approximately 20.1% of Australians are living with mental ill health. That’s 1/5.’

Perth engineer Nick Hudson founded The Push-Up Challenge, a nationwide mental health initiative which has grown from 4 mates in 2017 to Australia’s largest mental health and fitness event. In 2020, 130,000 participants collectively completed over 121 million push-ups and raised $5.1 million for mental health.

Join us, as we push for better mental health by clicking here to register.

About the Push-Up Challenge

  • The Push-Up Challenge is a free event which runs from the 1st – 25th of June
  • Participants are challenged to complete 3,318 push-ups over 25 days, representing the number of people who lost their lives to suicide in Australia in 2019
  • Participants can aim for 25%, 50%, 75% or 3,318
  • Alternatives to push-ups are welcome (like sit-ups or squats)
  • Participants, workplaces, clubs, gyms and schools can register their interest in participating now: www.thepushupchallenge.com.au
  • Participants can raise funds for Lifeline Australia and promote mental health via the Challenge
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