Budget Direct supporters walk 15,000kms across Australia

30 May 2014





Caption: Budget Direct team gearing up for the 12 week health and fitness challenge

Our passionate supporters from Budget Direct have once again stepped up their act with a 12 week fitness and health challenge involving thousands of kilometres of walking around Australia, as well as enduring a gruelling triathlon and even taking the challenge to the other side of the world by tackling a marathon in Paris.

In a joint effort, the North Lakes and Kawana contact centres, along with Melbourne and Sydney assessing centres pledged to walk the equivalent distance around Australia as part of the 12 Week health and fitness challenge.

54 staff members took part in this mammoth challenge with goals ranging from weight loss to getting fitter, eating better or committing to the Fitness First Triathlon on the Gold Coast in May. When the challenged finished last month, the team had walked a total of 15,080 kilometres – that’s 557 kilometres more than the major highways that circle the nation!

As well as getting healthier and fitter, an important focus on the challenge was raising funds for Act for Kids. With that goal in mind, participants helped raise $3,750 for Act for Kids, and the company matched their efforts dollar for dollar, bringing the total donation to $7,500 for the 12 week health and fitness challenge.

North Lakes walker Heidi O’Brien said the challenge was a great way to raise funds for Act for Kids.

“I think everyone has the same mindset when it comes to Act for Kids and what they stand for, so it was great to contribute to a like-minded team,” she said.

One North Lakes participant wanted to take the challenge across shores by running the Paris Marathon. Running in a marathon has always been a long-time personal goal for Linda Gray and she managed to raise an additional $2,186 for Act for Kids.


Act for Kids Fundraising Manager, Ellen Park, said it’s amazing to see so many enthusiastic supporters wanting to take on incredible challenges that give back to the local community.

“It’s supporters like Budget Direct, who give so much of their time to supporting Act for Kids’ fundraising challenges, who enable us to give hope to thousands of kids. The funds raised will go a long way to helping kids overcome their experiences from abuse and neglect. The team should be very proud of their achievements,” Ellen said.

Wanting to plan a challenge for yourself? Become an everyday hero and help raise awareness and funds for Act for Kids! If you would like further information about upcoming challenge, check out our events calendar or start your fundraising page today.