What is The Roughin’ It Challenge?

The Roughin’ It Challenge is a unique fundraising event that will challenge your ideas about homelessness. By experiencing a small insight into the homeless experience, you can grow your understanding and help raise much-needed funds to help end homelessness at the same time!

Basically, the Challenge asks participants to show solidarity with people who have nowhere safe to sleep by living with no bed, one bag of belongings and just $10 a day for food and essentials. Participants ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor / donate to their challenge. Funds are raised for Launch Housing to help end homelessness.

You’ll have the option to Rough It for one (24 hours) or two days (48 hours) on the weekend of 28 & 29 May 2022.

Is the challenge COVID safe? Are there other health risks?

Yes, as long as you follow the rules when participating. Please ensure that you pay particular attention to the rule about where to do your challenge.  It must not be done in a public space, only on property you own or rent.

Please ensure that you stay up to date and comply with the latest COVID guidelines in your area.  Check your local area’s relevant government website for the most up to date information.

Your safety comes first. Please also ensure that you take care of yourself before, during and after the challenge and do not endanger your health.

If you have any concerns about your safety or health, we suggest you seek medical advice for your circumstances before participating.

When is The Roughin’ It Challenge?

The Roughin It challenge runs from Saturday 28th – Sunday 29 May, 2022.

Can I do the challenge at a time that is more convenient to me?

We would like our community of participants to rough it together so we can support you and you can be a part of the collective Roughin’ It story.

If you are really keen to take the challenge at a different time, please reach out to the Launch Housing team by emailing roughit@launchhousing.org.au

Can l do the challenge in a park or public space?

For safety and legal reasons, you cannot participate in the Roughin’ It Challenge in a public space.

It must be within the grounds of a property you own or rent.  It could be in your front or back yard, in your car or another space within the bounds of your property.

Wherever you choose to Rough It, it’s important that you consider your safety and don’t put yourself or others in any risk. Please ensure you are following the latest COVID-19 guidelines in your area as well.

How do I register?

Follow any of the ‘Sign Up!’ links on this website to get started.

What do I have to do when I’m Roughin’ it?

For a full explanation of what you’ll be asked to do, please refer to our Take Part page.

Were people with lived experience consulted for The Roughin' It Challenge?

The Roughin' It Challenge was developed in consultation with the Lived Experience Advisory Program (LEAP) participants, who also provided guidance on additional tasks for the challenge known as 'Game Changers' - extra challenges which aim to provide more insight into the experience of homelessness and just how tough it can be.

How long do I have to rough it for?

You can choose the length of your challenge, but we recommend you rough it for one day (24 hours) or two days (48 hours) on the weekend of Saturday 28th May – Sunday 29th May, 2022 to share your experience with the rest of the participant community.

Can l do the challenge from any state in Australia?

Absolutely yes. The Roughin’ It Challenge is available to anyone in Australia to participate.

How many people can I have in my team?

Completing the Roughin’ It Challenge with a team is a great way to enhance your experience and your fundraising!

You could create a team with your colleagues from work, a local club you’re a member of or your friends and family.

There is no minimum or maximum limit on the number of people who can join a team.

New teams can be created when registering or you can join an existing team by searching for the team name in the search bar.

Is the event free?

It is free to register for the Roughin’ It Challenge, so what are you waiting for?

Sign up today and do your part to help the 24,000 Victorians who will be homeless tonight.

In the lead up to the challenge, ask your friends and family to sponsor you for your efforts. All money raised will help Launch Housing end homelessness.

How does the money I raise help to end homelessness?

All money raised through The Roughin’ It Challenge will go to Launch Housing to help end homelessness.

Launch Housing provides a range of services to suit the broad needs of Victorians experiencing homelessness.

Your fundraising efforts will help Victorians doing it tough right now as well as supporting long-term activities to end homelessness.

You can find out more about Launch Housing’s initiatives and programs here.

What will it be like to rough it?

We won’t lie to you - Roughin’ It will be tough. But that’s why it’s a challenge!

You may not sleep well without your bed. You won’t be able to use all of your usual creature comforts. There won’t be much money to spend on food or essentials.

You may experience hunger, tiredness and fear.

But you will also get a rare opportunity to open your mind to the experience of other people in your city, those who have no place to call home. And, even better, you will be able to raise much needed funds to help end homelessness.

What else can I do to help?

In addition to taking part in the challenge, you can help end homelessness by talking about the issue with people you know.  Changing hearts and minds, correcting misperceptions and inspiring action on this issue is an enormously important task that anyone can do.  For more information on how you can help, please visit our Take Action page.

How can l create or join a team?

  1. Click 'Sign Up' and fill out the form.
  2. If you're from a workplace, enter the details during signup.
  3. At the end of signup, you'll see an option to create a team or join a team.
  4. Fill out the teams form and confirm.
  5. Tell your mates the team name so they can join!
  6. For more information how to set up a team page, click here.
  7. If you need help, please contact roughit@launchhousing.org.au 

My donation is not recorded correctly.  What can I do?

Please contact the Roughin’ It Challenge team at roughit@launchhousing.org.au to detail the issue and we can help sort it out.

How can I stay up to date with participant information like details of game changers, hints and tips?

The best place for all challenge related information is your participant hub – when logedn in, you’ll see this on the upper right hand side of the website.  From there you can view a host of options including details on game changers and other helpful bits of info!

I can no longer do the challenge.  How do I remove my profile and what happens to my donations?

Please contact us at roughit@launchhousing.org.au to remove your registration.  Your donations can be redirected to a general challenge donation or we can arrange for reimbursement if needed.

How can I fix a problem with my profile?

Please contact the Roughin’ It Challenge team at roughit@launchhousing.org.au to detail the issue and we can help sort it out.