2018 marks a very special milestone – 30 years of service to young people and families.
read all about our labour weekend celebrations & a special message from hon peter dunne!
“Walking down the red carpet at the Embassy Theatre past the Challenge banners into the reception area for our supporters was a surreal experience. Who would have thought such an event would be happening from that first meeting in the kitchen of the Johnsonville presbytery?”
“The whole weekend from start to finish was overwhelming. It began for me at the premiere: a deep sense of gratitude to Sinead Donnelly for giving us ‘windows’ through which could look at Challenge over the last thirty years. The Hall on Saturday night left nothing to be desired. It was spectacular. A spectacular reflection on a spectacular team.”
“The weekend started with a walk down the red carpet to the documentary of the history of Challenge on Friday night. Saturday was filled with laughter, happy children chasing bubbles and laughing to a magician with a cute bunny! Saturday night had the St Pat’s hall buzzing with memories shared, tear jerking performances, and a bellowing happy birthday to mark the special occasion. Sunday’s liturgy was the icing on the cake, a great way to finish up the weekend.”
“The celebration dinner was amazing. We took some friends who did not really know Challenge and they loved the evening especially the Kapa Haka and the singing was a high point… Quote of the night for me was chatting to a guy who said, “I have never made a donation to a charity in my life and I want to know how to do it for Challenge.””
“The 30th Birthday Celebrations over the long weekend were filled with all of the wondrous elements that make up Challenge. It was so evident to see the love, commitment, pride, hard work, kindness, generosity, smiles and most importantly the people who have all aided in the Challenge 2000 journey. I am not sure of many things in this world, but I know that once you walk through the doors of Challenge you’re never quite the same. I know this, because I have changed so much being here in the best possible way.”
“The big message for me was the reinforcement of the power and wisdom of Challenge’s simple and consistent message: “Love works.” The weekend was not only testament to that, but also set the course for Challenge’s future. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the celebrations together, and best wishes for the future, as we all seek to live by Challenge’s inspiration.”