The Challenge

Tearfund’s Poverty Cycle challenges Kiwis to get fit, have fun and make a difference! Move with us this March and raise money to help the 4.8 million people still trapped in forced commercial sexual exploitation around the world.

How it works

The money you raise will enable Tearfund’s partners to work in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to bring freedom to those trapped in modern slavery.

  • Choose your challenge – Register yourself or your team today.

  • Tell your people – Ask your friends and family to support you.

  • Get moving – Start your challenge, raise some funds!

Start fundraising

Need fundraising ideas?

Or other resources, like posters, flyers, and social media graphics? Fear not! We’ve got everything you need to make your Poverty Cycle challenge worthwhile on the ‘Stuff to Help’ page, ready for you to download.

What are the rules?

Know your limits

When choosing your challenge, it is imperative you’re aware of your own limits and make wise decisions about what you’re able to achieve. That way, you’ll stay safe AND be able to smash your goals!

Stay hydrated. Eat well.

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of keeping yourself hydrated throughout the challenge month and eating regular meals that energise and strengthen your body.

Tell your people

We achieve more together than alone, so get your support crew on board! Tell them why you’re doing this challenge, and why they should donate to your cause.

Make a team

This year we’re challenging you to get together with a group of friends (or workmates, church group, hobby group, etc) and make your Poverty Cycle challenge a team venture.

Simply set up your team when you register for the challenge online. Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to add your team details, set a fundraising target, and send the link out for other friends to join.

Don’t forget to track your success – your individual totals will be counted as part of the team total, PLUS there are fantastic prizes up for grabs for highest fundraising team!

Register and make your team

FAQs

Can I sign up now?

Sure you can! Because the challenge isn’t till March next year, our site is currently in testing. All our amazing fundraisers you see here are our breakaway group, testing and helping us provide the best possible tool for you. You’re welcome to be one of them by getting in touch, or come back later this year to sign up for March.

Who are the breakaways?

Taking the lead for Tearfund, breakaways are a small group of supporters who are taking on the Poverty Cycle challenge EARLY and fundraising for ‘Protect’. They are kindly testing our campaign before we launch. We would love you to sponsor them and encourage them on their journey, what they are doing is so important! If you want to take on the challenge of being a breakaway too – you can sign up and we will contact you to let you know more.

Is the Poverty Cycle safe? Is there any reason I shouldn’t do it?

Fitness challenges can be tough, and you’ll need to plan carefully to make sure your challenge is within your limits. You’ll also need to remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be aware of weather conditions if your challenge is outdoors. We also advise against pregnant women taking part in the challenge. If you have concerns or medical issues and wish to take up the Poverty Cycle challenge, please consult your medical professional.

Can I do this as a team?

Of course! Grab your mates and do it together. It’s a fantastic way to share resources, support each other and make your hard-earned dollars do more.

Are there resources to help me?

Definitely! In the Resources section you can download posters to advertise, tools to help you fundraise and ways to tell people about your challenge. Also, when you sign up for the Poverty Cycle, you’ll start receiving emails filled with fun info, spot prizes and tips to help make this your best challenge.

What sports/forms of exercise can I choose from?

You can participate using any kind of movement. It doesn’t matter whether you run, cycle, swim, hike or jump-rope, as long as you’re moving with us this March! Still not sure whether you can make a challenge out of your favourite sport? Flick your question to our team at hello@povertycycle.org.nz and we’ll send you some ideas.

Wasn’t the Poverty Cycle a road race in Auckland? Why has it changed?

That’s right! Up until last year, the Poverty Cycle was hosted as a road race in Clevedon, Auckland. We’ve watched it go from strength to strength over the past seven years. Because of this strong foundation, we’re now able to take Poverty Cycle nationwide so all New Zealanders can be involved in the move for freedom.

Donations

When can I get my tax receipt?

You’ll receive a downloadable tax receipt immediately after your online donation is processed. To access your tax receipt, enter your details into the donor login section on the Poverty Cycle homepage.

Will I get an update as to what my donation has achieved?

Good things take time, and many of the projects Tearfund supports don’t happen overnight. They are long-term projects designed to empower and equip communities for development through the work of our partners. We may not be able to provide an update on your specific donation, but every contribution helps to ensure the success of these projects, and we are committed to showing you the impact of our work. At the end of the Poverty Cycle challenge, you will be sent an update on what the total amount raised can achieve through our partners. Every dollar you donate makes such a difference – so thank you!

Where does the money go?

The money you raise will enable Tearfund’s Protect partners overseas to prevent trafficking and exploitation, release people from exploitation, prosecute offenders and rehabilitate people into better lives. A small portion of the funds will also go to two New Zealand organisations working with vulnerable youth.

How do I know my money gets there?

Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners externally and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved. If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact enquiries@tearfund.org.nz.

Can we donate as an organisation?

Yes you can! Click on ‘Give to the Cause’ on the main homepage and follow the link for donating as an organisation.

How do I donate to a specific person/team?

To find a specific donation page, type in the name of an individual or team into the search box.

Admin

I’m having trouble logging in. Please help.

Have you checked your password? Got the correct email? If you’re still having problems, send us an email at hello@povertycycle.org.nz and we’ll check your account.

I don't live in New Zealand, can I still take part?

Sure you can! It's a virtual event, meaning you can take part wherever you are.

Does the window to participate in the challenge close, or can I do it later?

We suggest you sign up as soon as possible so you’re able to take part during the challenge month, but if you’re not able to participate during March, you can complete your challenge anytime. However, please note our leaderboard will refresh on April 1st, and fundraising needs to be completed by 31 March if you would like your tax return to count for this financial year. Any donations processed after 1 April will apply to the 2019/20 financial year.

The Cause

What’s the focus of Tearfund’s Protect cause?

Tearfund’s Protect cause combats human trafficking and exploitation, working across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution and rehabilitation. We work through five partners in five nations – Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji and Sri Lanka. In 2017, our Protect work impacted more than 7000 people caught in modern-day slavery across these five countries.

How many people are trapped in human trafficking and exploitation worldwide?

An estimated 40.3 million people are trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history. 24.9 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation. Of this, 4.8 million are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. 99% of these are women and girls. The estimated annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery is $230 billion (NZD). Of that, commercial sexual exploitation generates $150 billion.

Does this only happen in one area of the world, or is it a global issue?

Modern slavery occurs in every region of the world. It is most prevalent in Africa (7.6 per 1,000 people), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6.1 per 1,000) then Europe and Central Asia (3.9 per 1,000). Forced labour is highest in Asia and the Pacific, where four out of every 1,000 people are victims.

What do you mean by slavery? What do you mean by human trafficking? What’s the difference?

The ILO describes slavery as situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. The UN defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. If a child is recruited with the intention of exploitation, this is automatically classed as trafficking regardless of whether coercion is used or not. In short, trafficking is the process by which someone becomes exploited, and slavery is the situation of exploitation they cannot refuse or leave.