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About Very Special Kids

Very Special Kids provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement. Our integrated approach includes emotional, clinical and practical support to help improve quality of life and create positive, lasting memories.

As Victoria’s only children’s hospice, our holistic services support more than 850 families across the state. Very Special Kids, rely on the generosity of our community to ensure seriously-ill children, young people and their families don’t have to endure their difficult journey alone.

We need champions, like you, to participate in the 24 Hour Challenge and help us raise funds for Very Special Kids. Our empathetic and dedicated supporters are the reason sick children and their families have access to comfort, respite and the very best care in the most difficult times.

Get involved by joining us onsite or DIY your challenge at home!

About the onsite event

Join us onsite and keep the treadmills in motion for 24-hours. The onsite challenge harnesses an electric atmosphere with celebrities, DJ’s and onlookers motivating teams of runners while they raise much-needed funds for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The around-the-clock activity steps up a notch after dark by going bright and neon. 

For more information about fundraising and participating in the onsite event, head to our FAQs here.

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“We love getting behind Very Special Kids and getting our team together each year for this special event.”

- Team EY Melbourne, Physical Challenge Participants

Ernst & Young have been supporting the 24 Hour Challenge since 2014, rallying their team to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Read Team Ernst & Young’s story

About the DIY event

A newer addition, the DIY Challenge, offers you and your team the flexibility to complete your challenge at home, in the community or at your local gym – the options are endless. You can choose to run, walk, swim, cycle, or find a creative way to be active for 24 consecutive hours – it’s completely up to you.  

For more information about fundraising and participating in the DIY event, head to our FAQs here.

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“With how much Rich has given to the BFT network, our involvement to support Very Special Kids and the Burnet family is our way to give back.” 

- Team BFT, Virtual Challenge Participants 2021

In 2021 the BFT team was inspired to join the DIY challenge because of the personal connection that BFT’s co-CEO, Richard Burnet, has with Very Special Kids. Rich’s two eldest children, Sebastian and Charlie, were diagnosed with a rare illness which has led to a long relationship between the Burnet family and Very Special Kids.

Read Team BFT’s story