This September, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance is challenging people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days. The challenge hopes to raise incredibly important funds to support people living with cerebral palsy right across Australia and the world.
We caught up with Sydney dancer Steve, who is participating in the challenge.
Hey Steve, we have heard that you’re taking the Steptember challenge which is starting in 11 days! What made you want to be a part of this?
This fundraiser is a great way to educate those that don’t know much Cerebral Palsy so I’m a big advocate for the educational portion but also that I can incorporate my dance life within it. I will be holding Latin dance classes soon where all funds collected will go straight to the cause.
The goal is 10,000 steps a day. In the lead up to the challenge, have you been doing any training to prepare? Do you know how many steps you do on a average a day at the moment?
Not necessarily training as I am very active and tend to use public transport and the basic walk to get to and from places. I reach well over 10,000 steps a day so smash the basic requirement, even more when I go out dancing of a weekend!
Do you know anyone living with Cerebral Palsy?
No, but I understand it and thanks to Steptember, I’m able to help educate those that might know someone that has Cerebral Palsy within their circle of friends or family.
The challenge aims to raise money for people living with Cerebral Palsy, do you have a certain goal you would like to reach?
Absolutely, I want to get to at least $500 by myself. As a team within the company I work for which is Salary Packaging Plus, we have reached over $500 so we smashed our set goal.
How are you finding the fundraising process? Are you mostly letting people know online, in your office etc?
Definitely online. Within the work environment, we are applying Casual Fridays where we all contribute a gold coin to be able to wear casual wear within the office. Also, we have enrolled in a netball competition with other offices around the area who are also doing Steptember. We absolutely suck (at Netball) but it doesn’t matter, we have a lot of laughs while building up our step count!
Do you think people know enough about Cerebral Palsy?
There’s always room to learn more about it but it shouldn’t just cater to Cerebral Palsy, it should be overall. Awareness of mental health, which is another subject that isn’t spoken about much unless you experience something in your life that makes you actively search for answers, is one of many said subjects that should be addressed also. I believe that informing the public of what the outcome is of the fundraiser and how it has helped (people with Cerebral Palsy) will motivate people to take the initiative to pursue it the following year.
Can we check in with you at the end of the challenge and celebrate your success?
Absolutely, I will be posting my accomplishments along with my team’s results so you’ll definitely hear my more about it.
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