Brisbane Youth Service
Brisbane Youth Service

What is Burpees for BYS?

Burpees for BYS is an annual BYS fundraising campaign, initiated by Dave the Trainer in 2017.

In 2017, Dave Kramer (Dave the Trainer) completed 3000 burpees in 8.5 hours to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Brisbane. Dave raised over $6000 for BYS in 2017, through donations from individuals and organisations.

In 2018, we are aiming to broaden participation in Burpees for BYS to increase awareness of youth homelessness in Brisbane and raise funds to build new futures for young people facing homelessness.

“Regardless of the brand we represent, we all stand for helping others live healthier and happier lives, and I truly believe that by coming together, we can create this impact through BurpeesforBYS. Our fitness community cares about making a difference, and as a unit we will burpee and fundraise our way to ending youth homelessness.” Dave

The 2018 Burpees for BYS Challenge will open on 21 March 2018 for registrations and donations and the event will coincide with:

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day – Wednesday 18 April

The 2018 fundraising target for Burpees for BYS is $15,000.

How do I get involved?

Burpees for BYS is a challenge that calls on individuals and fitness leaders to  support homeless and at risk youth. This means fundraising for Brisbane Youth Service between the 21 March and the 18 April, to help reach our target of $15,000.

All fitness leaders (CrossFit facilitators, F45 facilitators, bootcamp providers, group fitness providers, studio owners, personal trainers, gym owners) and general public can be involved by doing any of the following:

Challenge yourself, your team or organisation to raise money for homeless young people in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

On the 18 April to show your support for Youth Homelessness Matters Day, you can share your burpee feats. Here are some ideas about how to do that:

  • 100 Burpee Challenge – can you do 100? how fast can you do 100?
  • 30 minute Burpee Challenge – join Dave in your lunch hour for your personal 30 minute burpee challenge
  • Personal challenge – pick a number that means something to you
  • While your fitness class is on, have your team members rotate as the burpee master (alternating the person doing burpees throughout the class)
  • Challenge Dave the Trainer – do you think you have it in you to take on Dave in an 8 hour burpee challenge? In 2017, Dave completed 3,000 burpees in 8.5 hours … In Dave’s words “At 1,000 I was feeling alright …” Could this be you?
  • The 12-hour Guinness World Record is up for grabs …

Help us get the message out about youth homelessness in Brisbane – like, share, follow.

Please contact us at if you would like more information or have any questions at all. We’d love to hear from you!


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For the Fitness Community

Our fitness community, empowers our youth!

On Youth Homelessness Matters Day, 18 April 2018, we encourage all fitness organisations (gyms, crossfit boxes, bootcamps, fitness centres, personal trainers, studios etc) to complete as many burpees as possible to show your support for ending youth homelessness. As a fitness community, we empower our youth.

The Burpees for BYS challenge for the fitness community, is to complete as many burpees as possible between 5am and 7pm on Wednesday the 18th of April.

Each individual fitness organisation can decide on their own way of doing this; some suggestions are:

  • Have one person doing burpees all day
  • Always have one person/one group doing burpees while a class is on. Alternate this person/group every minute or 2.
  • Have teams of people compete in each class to do as many burpees as possible as a team.

The total number of burpees completed for the day, by all participants in your fitness organisation, will be your score. You can have more than one person doing the burpees at the same time, and each individual person’s burpees will count. (i.e. if 2 people are doing burpees at the same time, and one person completes 10 and the other completes 12, your total burpees are 22).

The organisation must post their totals on Instagram, and tag @brisyouth, every 3 hours, to make their score valid. Their final score must be posted before 7:10pm on the 18th of April. The highest burpee total will score bragging rights across Brisbane and Queensland.

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How will I make a difference?

BYS support vulnerable young people (aged 12-25 years) and their children to navigate life challenges and thrive in the community. BYS have been helping youth in Brisbane and surrounding areas for over 40 years. In the 2016-17 year, BYS supported 1,264 young people, providing 26,278 occasions of support across our service delivery sites, achieving:

  • 74% reduction in homelessness
  • 60% reduction in young people living in unsafe, unstable, or unaffordable housing
  • 81% reduction in young people who are unemployed or underemployed
  • 72% reduction in young people experiencing crisis or lack of support

Every dollar makes a real difference to young people right here in Brisbane:

  • $2000 – provide the basics for creating a home
  • $1000 – provide basic educational resources including computer equipment and uniforms
  • $500 – provide clothes, professional development or resume support to gain employment
  • $100 – provide targeted social activities like cooking and art classes

We need just 1500 people to donate $10 each to reach our $15,000 goal

  • Donate $10 for Dave to do 10 burpees – throw your lunch money behind Dave

We know burpees aren’t easy. We can’t all bust out 3000 burpees in 8.5 hours like Dave the Trainer. What’s your personal burpee challenge?


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