Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge

Challenge of a lifetime back in 2015

The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge is back from 6 to 17 May 2015. It will be a daily mental and physical battle that will not only change the lives of our trekkers, but also that of thousands of young Australians in desperate need.


Leaving on 6 May 2015, trekkers will spend ten days walking 300km across the geographical centre of the Simpson Desert to experience what life might be like for a young person living in aged care – not a “life”, but an existence comprised of isolation, uniformity, restrictions and little decision-making ability.


The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge embodies the strength and determination of those who founded Youngcare and, in Youngcare’s 10th year, is a fitting way to commemorate all that has been achieved over Youngcare’s lifetime.


The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2015 will be the third Challenge, with the previous Challenges in 2011 and 2013 raising over $1.6million for young people with high care needs.


Click here for more details.



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Sign me up!

Think you can take on the desert? Contact Youngcare’s Events and Community Fundraising Executive Michaela Lennon on 07 3041 3400 or via email at


I want to support the trekkers

Can’t brave the desert but want to support? Click here to donate to the cause or click on a trekker below. Your donation will go a long way in helping Youngcare create choice, hope and dignity for young Aussies in desperate need.




Samantha Kennerley

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Mark Foley

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Nic De Luca

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Richard Kennerley

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 Terry Phillis

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 Kylie Blucher

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Simon Smith

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 Darren Sullivan

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James Atkin-Dabbs

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Brad Rampton

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Nicola Wellington

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 Daniel Wilkinson

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Paul Lawton

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 Scott Younes

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Trek leaders

Executive Excellence are a fantastic service provider. Their meticulous risk management and safety strategies mean that the Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge is a highly successful event for all involved.



Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge history

Simpson Desert Challenge 2013

The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge saw 14 people trek over 300km to raise funds and awareness for young Aussies with high care needs. Together, the trekkers raised over $600,000. Read about the daily updates here.


Simpson Desert Challenge 2011

In 2011, 24 Youngcare supporters embarked on the Simpson Desert Challenge to shed a bright light on the lack of care and housing options available to young Australians with high care needs. Collectively they raised more than $1million for Youngcare. To read more about the Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2011 please 
click here.


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