Team La Trobe wraps up successful Push-Up Challenge campaign

Team La Trobe has raised over $5,000 for young people living with mental health challenges as part of this year’s Push-Up Challenge.

A total 229 people from across the University community joined forces to complete 210,572 push-ups as part of the three-week campaign. By the time the event wrapped up on Sunday, Team La Trobe had raised $5,139 for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Of the 36 teams which took part in the challenge under the banner of Team La Trobe, LASEM-5 from the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Research Centre (LASEM) raised the highest fundraising amount, with a team total of $840.

All up, The Push-Up Challenge raised $4.9 million dollars for headspace, who provide mental health support to young Australians aged 12-25 years.

La Trobe Sport Events Coordinator, Andrew Pettigrove, said the event was a huge success and played a key role in bringing the La Trobe community together during the challenging COVID-19 period.

“With everyone being isolated this year, we thought that The Push-Up Challenge would be a great Team La Trobe event for our community to get involved in and complete anywhere and anytime,” he said.

“We hoped that it would give the Team La Trobe community a positive reason to keep active and connect with colleagues, family and friends, whilst also motivating one another to get through the daily number of push ups.

“I am very proud of how many people jumped on board the Team La Trobe community; I was hoping we’d get a team of 50 to 100, so to get a team of over 200 was amazing.”

For more information on how you can get involved in community participation events as part of Team La Trobe, visit the La Trobe Sport website or sign up to the Team La Trobe EDM mailing list.