Get moving and raise money for Children's Hospital Foundation with 42k Your Way

Month-long fundraiser provides much-needed support for sick kids.

Participants in the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 42k Your Way fundraising challenge have the opportunity to choose where the money they raise is spent.

The foundation’s Community Partnerships Manager Angela Ryan said participants could nominate to have the money they raised directed toward medical equipment; patient and family services; medical research; or “the area of greatest need, which means it could go into either of those three categories”.

“That’s quite unusual when it comes to fundraising,” Ms Ryan said. “Not many charities give you the opportunity to do that”.

In its second year, the 42k Your Way challenge will be held during August and requires participants to complete 42km of physical activity over the course of the month.

“Participants can break it down to a tally of 1.36km per day for the month or they could do 5km a day on weekends,” Ms Ryan said.

“There is a big mix of ways people are doing it – some even do the 42k in a week.”

And there is no shortage of ways participants can clock up the kilometres, from the obvious like walking, running, cycling and swimming to paddling kayaks and riding horses.

With over 540 people registered more than a month out from the deadline for nominations, the event is on target to achieve its fundraising goal of $100,000.

This year it is being held as a stand-alone fundraiser after it was part of the annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Telethon, held in November, during its first year.

“We moved the 42k Your Way to August because it was too hot in November,” Ms Ryan said.

“The new date allows people from all over Queensland to get involved.”

Participants must register on the 42k Your Way website before 1 August.

“Participants get an online fundraising page on the website which they can share with their family, friends and work colleagues to get people to pledge support for their commitment,” Ms Ryan said.

“We need everyone to sign up before the start of August and start clocking the kilometres.”