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About Upstream Foundation

The Upstream Challenge is a 50km or 20km walk in metropolitan Melbourne that allows participants  to raise funds and awareness for Charities.


The Upstream Challenge is organised by the Upstream Foundation.  The Upstream Foundation was established in 2005 when business partners Gordon Hoen and Neil Tilley decided they wanted to make a greater impact in the community. After completing the Oxfam Trailwalker in 2005, Gordon conceived the idea of a 50km walk in the Melbourne metro area. The first Upstream 50km Challenge occurred in 2005 with just over 100 participants and raised in excess of $100,000. Over the past seventeen years, over 5,000 people have participated in the Upstream  Challenge and they have raised in excess of $3,000,000 for our beneficiaries.

Our Mission

Our Mission

"Our mission is to help the lives of those in need by hosting an inspiring event on behalf of key Charities involving everyday Victorians raising funds and challenging themselves to walk or run upstream"

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Our Vision

"Our vision is to increase the number of participates and funds raised each year to help the lives of those in need" 

We Need Your Support Today!

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