Staff at Christadelphian Aged Care are stepping out for a good cause this September to raise money and get fit at the same time.
Josh Harris, Tara Plaisance, Joanne Trevethan and Alison Bolton are participating in Steptember, an initiative that encourages people to take on the challenging of walking 10,000 steps a day.
Staff at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park are also taking on the Steptember challenge down in the Illawarra.
The average office worker only takes around 3000 steps per day, so the team are going to have to get active to achieve the 10,000 step target.
Team captain Josh said Steptember was a great opportunity to raise funds and increase health awareness in the office and in our personal lives.
“It’s going to be a struggle. I have pedometer that I’ve been using for the last six months, and I find daily at the office the most I’ll do is 3000 steps, so getting the extra 7000 is going to be difficult,” he said.
“I think with the weather warming up it will be easier to go out after work and walk around the park or go to the gym and maybe use some of the equipment. I know it does allow you transfer non-walking activities into steps so that’s really good, like swimming for example.”
They have named themselves Team Amble Opportunity and are raising money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. One in two people with cerebral palsy are in chronic pain due to the tightening of their muscles. Many will never be able to take a single step without assistance.
A donation of $55 could support research actively preventing CP in newborn babies.