All the Way from Brazil…

My name is Jose Texieira, I’m Brazilian and I arrived in New Zealand on the 24th of July with the objective to learn English, see places and understand the culture of this beautiful country.

Through Fr. Mike (a Marist Priest who has lived in Brazil) I learnt about Challenge 2000.

I was thinking of staying for one or two weeks in Wellington to work as a volunteer but something made me stay longer.  As I couldn’t understand the language and activities taking place at Challenge 2000, I started out by only observing.  Through actions and non- verbal communication, I started understanding that there was a very spiritual base to their work.

The main objective of this agency is to show youth the light of change each and every day.  We all are born equal of God and because of our journeys in life, we may take paths that are not the most beneficial to us.  Challenge 2000 (C2K) helps people find their light and follow a right path.

Challenge 2000 believes that everyone can uncover their dignity, value, and brilliance and to also understand that it can be a tough journey but that it ispossible.   They give people the opportunity to grow and start over.  In a short amount of time, I have seen big transformations in young people in all the various activities. 

They help people obtain food; help people move houses, clean up neighbourhoods, and provide a save and caring environment for youth to grow.  C2K believes that youth are agents of transformation and can change the situations in which they live.

I have been fortunate to participate in many important moments, such as a baptism, graduation of youth from the Odessy and outdoor Camp programs.  The youth camp program, gave the young persons opportunities to get to know their abilities, values and ways to improve themselves.  They talk about their personal histories to help them realize what is important to change and meet their future goals.  Also, the youth workers treat the youth with dignity and kindness and give them the opportunity to learn important societal values. 

Challenge 2000 also gives special attention to minority groups.  In Brazil, I perform pastoral work with gypsies and I understand how minority groups can suffer. In this group, I’ve met people who bring a rich culture and in Challenge, they have an opportunity to express themselves and share their strengths.

To be able to run all the projects and activities, Challenge 2000 counts on the help of so many people, some with prayers, giving their time, or by financial assistance.  I see that at this time, they are in need of financial support to buy a new van.  The van is important to help continue the success of programs such as the Odessy and camping excursions. 

I’m very happy that I’ve met this group.  It helps remind me, that Jesus is not forgotten.  Challenge 2000 doesn’t discriminate against race, colour, or religion and I hope that many people can get to know and help this group accomplish its goals. 

Fundraiser – a hit!

Which US President gave the Gettysburg Address?

 Although we call them Rome, Naples and Florence what do Italians call these cities? 

How many Labour governments have there been in New Zealand?

Do you know the answers?

These questions are just a taste of the brain benders that 18 teams battled over on Sunday 29 May at the Johnsonville Community Centre. The team that out smarted everyone was from United Future, congratulations to Peter Dunne and his team of very clever quiz goers.

Our host for the evening was Tim Duckworth SM who thoroughly tested the knowledge of our teams with 8 rounds of questions. Thank you Tim for hosting such a great night.

We had some great raffles thanks to prizes donated by a range of business friends. Our major prizes included weekends away to outstanding locations including the Raumati Sands Resort and the Beltroad Seaside Holiday Park. Other generous prizes were donated by the below Johnsonville businesses:

Motor Doctors, Video Ezy, Autostop, Burgerfuel, Muffin Break, Bella Bloom, Tulsi, Civic Video, Super Liquor Johnsonville, Progressive Enterprises, Johnsonville Medicentre, Pure Hairdressing, Wendy’s, Remax Real Estate, Cellar Room, Tommy’s Real Estate.

Most of all thank you to all those that joined in on the night. Thankyou, thank you, we could not do it without you.


Thanks for our new van!

50% of our young people participating in our programmes do not have access to private transport  or enough money to pay for public transport. Others are not safe to travel and need to be collected from home or their care givers place. Our camps and youth development programmes also need a van or two to transport participants – not to mention our sports, cultural and drama teams!!!

So thank you to those that have helped us to get another van!!!


Helping us to help others:

My name is Manu I’m 21 years of age and have been a full time employee at Challenge 2000 for a few years. My role at C2K is not only a youth worker but someone who helps out on work projects. We as a team try to raise funds for C2K by doing jobs for others, but we also give a lending hand when needed such as mowing lawns, removing rubbish or just odd jobs for people that can’t do some things for themselves. We do a large range of work from tree work to building decks and retaining walls.  I also help out at camps and do some sports and recreational activities with young people. All this is impossible without wheels – Thank you!!.



Celebrate our Founder’s Award!

Kitty McKinley will recive an honour from the Governor General of New Zealand on 14 April. Challenge 2000 is throwing her a simple party, Friday 15 April, to celebrate this very important recognition. Join us at Connolly Hall 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Connie and Mitch’s Road Trip

On the 17th June Sister Connie and Mitch went on a ‘road trip’ to Napier to speak to the Mission Sisters and their associates about Challenge 2000.

The trip started well, with blue skies in the Hawkes Bay saying goodbye to the Wellington rain.  Both stayed at the convent where there was plenty of reminiscing about the sisters’ history in New Zealand, and the extremely harsh conditions the sisters had to face when they first arrived.

Nap Trip_Connie

On Friday 18th Connie spoke to a group of about 30 about Challenge 2000 and what we do.  Connie’s talk was imbued with her passion for the work Challenge does, and her absolute conviction about the paramount importance of social justice, and the group was very receptive.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable two days, and Connie did a tremendous job in describing the true spirit of Challenge 2000 and the wonderful work we do.

 Nap Trip_Connie and the Sisters