The Burpee Bounce Back Challenge
What is the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge?
The Burpee Bounce Back Challenge is an event that challenges you to complete 1534 burpees over 17 days either individually or as part of a team. The number of burpees represents the number of Australians aged 17 and under who are diagnosed with a mental health condition each and every day. By taking part and asking your friends and family to sponsor you with a donation, you will help to raise funds for an organisation that’s committed to helping young Australians recover from mental health challenges.
Why should I take part in the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge?
It’s fair to say that it’s been a really challenging year, and most of us could probably use some help in bouncing back towards better mental health. By taking part in the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge, you can help your own mental health by increasing your physical activity, and help others by asking your friends and family to sponsor you with a donation towards mental health research so that young Aussies with mental ill-health can bounce back too.
When is the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge?
The challenge kicks off on Wednesday 14 October 2020 and runs for 17 days until Friday 30 October 2020. If you can’t participate on these dates that’s okay – although we do encourage you to stick to this timeframe so you can share the experience with others. You can take part in the challenge at any time.
What is a burpee?
A burpee is a full-body exercise that incorporates a squat, a plank, and a jump. To see what a burpee looks like check out our videos here, which show different types of burpees for different abilities.
Why not? (Don’t answer that.) We know that burpees probably aren’t your favourite thing to do, but that’s actually what makes them so perfect for this challenge. Every day, 1534 young Australians are diagnosed with a mental health condition that can present huge challenges for their wellbeing. By signing up to do something that’s challenging for us too, we can stand in solidarity with them. And by asking our friends and family to sponsor this massive commitment, we can fund vital research to help improve the mental health outlook for young Aussies. It’s about enduring short-term pain for long-term gain. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, your burpees will help young Australians bounce back towards better mental health – so sign up today.
PS a little more activity will work wonders for your own health if you feel you’ve had too many treats and too few gym sessions lately!
How do I register?
Just click here and follow the prompts! It doesn’t cost anything to take part, and you’ll be signed up and ready to go in less than two minutes.
Can I still register after the challenge has started?
You sure can! While we do encourage you to take part over the 17 days from Wednesday 14 October until Friday 30 October so you can share the experience with others, you can really take part in the challenge at any time. This might mean over different dates, or just completing the challenge in fewer days.
Does it cost anything to take part?
Nope! It’s free to take part in the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge. We do ask that you commit to fundraising for Orygen though, as it’s through these vital donations that real change can happen for young Australians facing mental health challenges.
During your registration you’ll be asked to set a fundraising target and consider donating to your own profile to kick things off (though this is completely optional). Participants who do this usually go on to raise more money, so showing your friends how it’s done with a donation to your own page is a sure-fire way to make the most of your fundraising. If you’re stuck for other ideas, no problem! We’re here to help. We’ll send lots of helpful tips and tricks along the way.
Can I take part as a team?
Absolutely. During your registration you’ll have the option to sign up individually or as part of a team (either starting your own team, or joining an existing team – see more details below). You can also decide whether each member of the team will complete 1534 burpees, or if you’ll reach that target together.
How many people can I have in a team?
There are no hard and fast rules to the number of people in each team, but we do recommend that you limit it to ensure that the event is still challenging for everyone taking part – especially if you are splitting up the 1534 burpees between you.
How do I invite people to join my team?
Share your unique fundraising page URL via social media, SMS, email or Whatsapp to encourage your friends and family to join your team.
How do I find and join a team?
Can my workplace get involved?
They sure can. Colleagues can be great team members, and also great supporters to boost your fundraising. The Burpee Bounce Back Challenge is a fantastic activity for workplaces to get involved in; advocating for extra physical activity to improve our own mental health and wellbeing while raising money for an incredibly worthy cause. It’s also an excellent team-building activity that can be done virtually, which is especially important right now.
Can I take part if I don’t live in Australia?
Absolutely! The more the merrier.
Do I have to do a certain number of burpees each day?
As long as you reach your target number of burpees by the end of the challenge how you get there is up to you! You might like to do the same number of burpees each day for the whole challenge (just over 90 burpees per day to complete 1534 in total), or you might like to start slow and build up as you get used to them. Listen to your body if it is telling you to stop, we don't want any injuries here. The hard-core burpee fanatics might even go the other way – start strong and then have an easy ride home. It’s totally up to you.
Is the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge good for everyone?
For 30 years Orygen has provided clinical care, research, advocacy and education. Our focus on early intervention, specifically for young people has seen us go much further than exercise challenges and well beyond awareness raising. Many people have told us they want ways to get involved with Orygen and help young people overcome mental health challenges. The Burpee Bounce Back Challenge is just one way to get involved.Of course not all activities or opportunities are appropriate for all people, and that’s why it’s essential that there are supports available. If you or a young person you know are triggered by this activity, please reach out to appropriate supports such as a trusted friend or family member, GP, Kids Helpline or Lifeline. And, please visit Orygen’s website or Instagram @_orygen_ for self-care information.
I’m not sure I can reach 1534 burpees, can I still take part?
Yep! Grab some mates, sign up as a team, and complete 1534 burpees between you. It's easy to join or create your own team. Either follow the steps to create or join a team when you first sign up to take part in the challenge, or else if you've already created a fundraising page, simply search for an existing team and click the 'Join Us' button at the top of the team's page.
What if I want to do more than 1534 burpees?
We want the event to be challenging for everyone, and if 1534 burpees over 17 days doesn’t challenge you, then good for you! You can increase your burpee target by signing in to your fundraising page, selecting 'My Fitness Activity' from the menu or dashboard tabs, then updating the burpee target field. Rest assured that we’ll be virtually applauding your commitment.
How many burpees should my team do?
There are a couple of ways teams can tackle their burpees. You can decide whether each member of the team will complete 1534 burpees or if you’ll reach that target together. Each team member can set their personal burpee goal during registration.
How do I track my burpees online?
You can add each day’s burpees to your page by signing in to your fundraising page, selecting 'My Fitness Activity' from the menu or dashboard tabs, then updating your fitness activity.
What if I missed a day?
No problem! If you did your burpees but just didn’t add them, you can do so by signing in to your fundraising page, selecting 'My Fitness Activity' from the menu or dashboard tabs, then updating the burpee target field. If you missed doing your burpees you can make up for them on following days. Try not to miss too many days though, or you might find yourself with an exhausting last day of the challenge!
Is there an alternative to burpees?
Absolutely. If you are unable to do a burpee for whatever reason, you can still take part in the challenge. Click here to see some modified burpees you might like to try. If you aren’t able to do those either, you can pick an alternative activity that suits your abilities. We don’t really mind how you take part – the main thing is that you do take part.
I have already signed up, how do I access my fundraising page?
Please log in to your fundraising page using the username and password you entered when you first registered.
Whoops! I’ve forgotten my login details.
Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. Just let us know and we can reset your login details.
Can I get involved on social media?
Where does the money I raise go?
The funds raised during the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge will go towards vital mental health research that will help young Australians recover from mental health challenges, especially after this difficult year.
Mental ill-health is the number one threat to young lives and futures. Large-scale surveys have shown a dramatic rise in the level of psychological distress and depression among young people over the past 10 years. More than 75% of all mental illnesses emerge by the age of 25, during a time when many young people are transitioning through school and university and into the workplace. This can have a significant impact on their health, social connections, and education and employment outcomes for the rest of their lives.
By taking part in the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge and raising money for mental health research, you can help us address this growing problem. You could help fund initiatives like our youth-specific suicide prevention program, which is the largest in Australia. Your support can lead to outcomes like our Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) platform, which provides young people with access to tailored online therapy and clinician and peer support when and where they need it. You can help ensure that early intervention programs like the one we developed for psychosis and other disorders continue to evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of young Australians.
Every day, 1534 young Australians will be diagnosed with a mental illness. By taking part and raising money for mental health research, you can ensure young people all have the service and support they need to recover and reach their full potential.
How will I raise funds?
The golden rule of fundraising is: if you don’t ask, you won’t get. So the key to getting dollars in the bank is to make sure you are actually asking people to support you! We understand it’s not always easy to ask others for money, so we have compiled loads of fundraising tips and tricks you can check out here. Once you get going, it becomes easier and easier, so the best thing to do is start today. Have you considered donating to your own challenge to kick things off and show people how it’s done? You can make a donation to your own fundraising page by clicking here.
Do I have to wait until the challenge starts to start fundraising?
Not at all! You can start fundraising as soon as you’re signed up. Check out some helpful tips and tricks here to get you started.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Anyone who donates online will automatically receive a tax receipt via email.
I haven’t got my donation receipt.
Assuming you’ve already had a search in your junk folder with no luck, we can easily resend this receipt to you. Please just get in touch!
Can I donate to the general Burpee Bounce Back Challenge rather than an individual or team?
Sure can! Just click here to make a general donation.
How do I update my fundraising goal?
You can update your goal by signing in to your fundraising page, selecting 'Edit My Page' from the menu or dashboard tabs, then updating the fundraising target field.
How do I create or update my fundraising page?
You can update your fundraising page by signing in, selecting 'Edit My Page' from the menu or dashboard tabs, then updating your personal URL, fundraising target, blog or gallery. To update your fundraising message already on your page, simply log in, click 'Fundraising Page' from the top menu, then edit your text on the page itself.
How do I share my fundraising page?
Share your unique fundraising page URL via social media, SMS, email or Whatsapp to encourage your friends and family to join your team. You can also share your fundraising page on your own social channels by logging in to your fundraising page then selecting the social icons at the top of your page.
How do I find a friend or family member to donate to?
Please use the search bar at the top of the donate page, or click here to search for an existing fundraiser or team.
When do donations close?
Officially, the Burpee Bounce Back Challenge fundraising campaign ends on 30 November, so try to have all donations completed by then if you want your hard work included in the event total! But the work we do to help young Australians recover from mental health challenges doesn’t end when the campaign does – if you are keen to support Orygen’s work, please consider making a direct donation here.
My question isn’t answered here, what do I do?
Our team is always happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact us on the webform.