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Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge

Challenge yourself like never before in 2019

It’s the ultimate Australian adventure challenge.

The trek will be a daily mental and physical challenge, but it is one that will have a profound impact on the lives of young people with high care needs and their loved ones.

The completely isolated environment provides a striking reflection of the challenges that young people with high care needs face on a daily basis.

Fast facts

Date: 30 May – 9 June, 2019

Cost: $35,000 fundraising target applies

Temperature: 0 – 40 degrees

You will…

  • Trek 250km across the Simpson Desert
  • Visit Poeppel Corner – the intersection of three Australian states; South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland
  • Spend 9 full days and nights in the desert, exposed to the elements
  • Climb more than 1,000 sand dunes, carrying a 10kg backpack
  • Have no access to toilets, showers, bed or any other luxury

Testomonial

The Simpson Desert Challenge was the most physically challenging experience I have ever undertaken. There were times throughout the trek where my mental toughness was tested in ways I had not experienced before. Despite my challenging experience not once did I regret my decision to take part, I enjoyed every single day of it, Matt Pearson, 2017 trekker.

I can’t say that this adventure is a task with no reward, as challenging as it may be, I am loving the environment, the personal reflection and the development and companionship by all involved. Knowing that the steps I take and the funds I raise will make a life changing improvement to someone I will likely never meet is an extremely gratifying notion, Matt Tuttle, 2017 trekker.

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