Created by Australian Survivor All-Stars, Lee Carseldine and winner David Genat after Lee lost his mother to a stroke on the show in 2019. The Towel Challenge was launched in March 2020 in the middle of COVID and still raised $70K and reached more than 4.2 million Australians in awareness last year for the Stroke Foundation. In 2021 the calendar was produced again and involved celebrities such as Sophie Monk , Hugh Sheridan and Olympians Danielle Scott and Emily Seebohm
For their effort, Lee and David was awarded Stroke Foundation’s Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2021.
In 2022, Lee embarked on one of his biggest challenges of his life raising awareness and funds again for the Stroke Foundation. Lee powered across 140kms of sand – from the top to bottom of Fraser Island – in just over 24 hours, carrying a 19kg backpack (for a very special reason) to help raise awareness about stroke.
Lee also guest speaks for the Stroke Foundation at many functions raising awareness for the illness and stroke survivors.