Welcome to TikTok's first Big Team Challenge. We are excited about taking this virtual journey together. The group target is to complete 1885 kilometres in the next month. The Team Challenge will begin from Friday April 30th and run until Friday May 30th. Registration opens from 9am on April 19th. You can register in teams of 6 now . You will be able to log steps once the challenge begins on April 30th.
There will be prizes for the overall winner and some spot prizes you can earn along the way. We are also using the Big Team Challenge to raise awareness for the ongoing challenge of homelessness across Europe. We encourage you to donate to your local organisation (link)
Are you ready for the Big Team Challenge? Get healthier, feel good, do good, work together and aim for the highest!
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All donations via the website are used directly for essential goods that are in shortage, such as clothing, sleeping bags or hygiene articles.
Sheltersuit is a non-profit organization providing immediate shelter to the homeless, while using upcycled materials and providing jobs.
Homeless or insecurely housed - facing poverty, exclusion and physical and mental health issues. With your support, The Big Issue helps vendors to achieve financial stability and overcome social disadvantages holding them back.
In 2019, Peter McVerry Trust supported 6,184 unique individuals across our services. Over the course of the year, its Housing With Supports team made a total of 50,000 home supports visits to social housing tenants across Ireland, and by the end of the year had provided over 450 permanent homes to people in need.
ENTOURAGE acts to recreate social link with homeless people. Beyond a real need for food, shelter, money, or clothes, homeless people are mainly looking for consideration and friendship to allow them to regain self-confidence and succeed in breaking the spiral of exclusion.
Caritas Italiana is the Pastoral Body created by the Italian Episcopal Conference in order to promote, in cooperation with other bodies as well, the charity commitment of the Italian ecclesiastical community, in the forms that are appropriate considering time and needs, for a complete development of man, social justice and peace, with particular attention to the poor and with a mainly pedagogical function. They are the most famous NGO in Italy for homelessness.
A non-profit, social initiative funded in 1998 that works to eradicate homelessness. Through their Habitat program they offer an innovative response to the homelessness phenomenon and provide them with an individual home and professional support. They were the first entity in Spain to use the “Housing First” methodology, an approach created in the US two decades ago that prioritises housing people directly from the streets and then addressing their underlying issues around mental health, addiction, medical care, income, and education to help integrate and welcome them back into our community. They also created the “Nexit Fund”, which consists of direct cash transfers to homeless people who have successfully completed their programs in the association but need financial assistance to be able to leave the programmes and have an independent life without the fear of returning to the street. This initiative has shown promising results in other countries such as Canada.
Russia's oldest charity for the homeless
Nochlezhka is an Interregional charitable public organization which appeared in 1990 in St. Petersburg. They feed, heat, help with documents, work, registration of disabilities, benefits, placement in boarding schools, in finding relatives and going home, challenging illegal real estate transactions and protecting the rights of people without a home and registration.
As a charitable organization, they independently look for sponsors, grants, subsidies and collect donations for projects. The shelter has 71 employees, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of people to extend their help to.
The health benefits
Obviously the big reason most of our customers start their walking and step count challenges are the immediate health benefits to their participants. Walking is considered one of the best forms of exercise out there but is often overlooked. Walking is a low impact exercise that is accessible to almost everyone and can help a broad range of people for whom running and other strenuous exercise may not be an option. Not to mention it doesn't require any expensive equipment or gadgets either!
While the immediate health benefits might be obvious, walking can also have a significant impact on a persons mental health and wellbeing. Daily walks have shown to increase creative output, attention spans and jovial moods, while lowering tension, anxiety and depression. This is extra effective when your mind is allowed to wonder and take in the nature and scenes around you.
Unlike a lot of other forms of exercise, walking is ideal for spending time with others and enjoying a good chat. In an increasing age of social isolation, walking is a great excuse to arrange some time with a friend or colleague you have't seen in a while and to grab a coffee while you're out.
Easily increasing your workout
There are plenty of cheap and easy ways to increase your workout when walking. For instance, why not try adding some weights to make the muslces work harder, or try a greater incline such as hillwalking or a inclined treadmill!
Employee step count challenges
A core reason for the development of Big Team Challenge was a way of helping companies find a way to help relieve some of the stress that comes with working in an office environment. In the last 30 years there has been a dramatic shift from and active labour intensive workforce to that of a sedentary office based one. With this change comes a dangerous chance that the population as a whole will be much less active during their working lives. It's important that employers are active in getting their staff engaged in regular daily exercise, whether this is swapping their car ride for a bike, or something as simple as parking further away and getting in more steps before and after work. However, it's not solely the employees' attitudes that needs to change, employers need to think about how they are affecting the mental wellbeing of their staff too. Building policies in place to encourage regular breaks stressful activities is a great way to get started. Perhaps start with putting rules in place to enforce breaks from screens and phone calls and getting those who can to do a quick lap around the building?