Author: Kelly Eather

The Steptember challenge

Tuesday 4 September is World Cerebral Palsy Day. Our Internal Communications Specialist Kelly Eather writes about how she and three  colleagues have taken up the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s ‘Steptember’ challenge!

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Steptember is a physically challenging fundraising activity that runs from 4 September (World CP Day) until 2 October. It encourages health, well-being and getting active to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Participants are required to walk, run or wheel their way up one of three virtual mountains. There are three divisions – Mount Exhilarating, (8,500 steps a day); Mount Extreme (10,000 steps a day); and Mount Treacherous (14,000 steps a day).

10,000 steps is the minimum recommended amount an active person should take per day. However, the average office worker - like us - takes only 3,000 steps a day. In our excitement (or haste) we decided to do the ultimate ‘Mount Treacherous’ challenge of 14,000 steps a day which means we will take a  combined total of 1,586,000 steps. We will be getting out from behind our desk chairs and swapping our work shoes for joggers whenever we get the chance. (My feet hurt just thinking about it!)

Why, are we taking the Steptember challenge?

Aside from helping us to be more active and healthy, all four of us are mentors in the Ignition Mentoring Program. This  award winning Cerebral Palsy Alliance initiative provides support for teenagers with Cerebral Palsy and related physical disabilities and their families. The program, which is funded by The Greater’s Charitable Foundation, pairs up Greater staff members with a teenager. Everyone meets up as a group every fortnight over 10 months to to take part in various activities that seek to develop the teenager’s confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The program also provides the teens with new skills to utilise for the transition into adulthood.

We are currently in the last few weeks of the program for this year, and the amazing thing is, we  mentors have taken away from it as much as our mentees (if not more). We have learnt so much about Cerebral Palsy and other related disabilities and we have heard the struggles these kids face every day (as if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough already!). When you see the courage, strength and resilience these kids have, despite all the struggles they endure, you really want to do whatever you can to support them and the great work done by Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Every step we take in Steptember will be for them.

Meet ‘The Greatest Heights’ Team.

Name: Kelly Eather

Age: 22

Position with The Greater: Internal Communications

Why are you doing Steptember? To raise much needed funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance so that they can continue to support children with CP and other related physical disabilities and their families. I have seen first-hand the amazing work CPA do and their commitment to making life easier and greater for those youth and family who have had to face a lot of physical and emotional challenges. If something as small as getting out of the office to walk a few steps can help maintain this, then I will walk to the top of Mount Treacherous to show my support for these inspiring people!

Name: Emma Avery

Age: 24

Position with The Greater: Senior Communications Instructional Designer

Why are you doing Steptember?

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in Ignition Mentoring through CPA for a couple of years now. The experiences I have shared with Ignition groups have been some of the most insightful and humbling of my life, and the teenagers I have had the privilege of mentoring continue to inspire me with their insightful perspectives of the world.

Steptember is a brilliant initiative that enables us to combine a much needed boost to an active lifestyle with the chance to help make a difference. CPA provides people with a disability, and their families, with an amazing opportunities and significant support and assistance... to contribute to putting a smile on a face, even if only in a small way, is what life should really be about.

Name: Ben Picton

Age: 23

Position with The Greater: Transaction Services Business Analyst

Why are you doing Steptember? I’ll be participating in Steptember this year because it is such a great opportunity for me to help raise funds to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in all the fantastic work that they do whilst also doing something positive for my own health. Through my involvement in the Ignition Mentoring program I’ve had a lot of exposure to the difficulties that people living with CP have in their everyday lives, often requiring specialist treatment and equipment just to get by. Obviously all of this is very expensive, so being able to help out through participating in Steptember is an opportunity that I was very keen to embrace.


Name: Josh Holt

Age: 21

Position with The Greater: Customer Service Officer

Why are you doing Steptember? Provides the much-needed motivation to do some exercise, and all for a good cause!CPA is a tremendous organisation and I know the money we raise will be put to good use.


If you wish to make a donation to The Greatest Heights team in their mission to climb Mount Treacherous and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Alliance, visit this site -

For more information about Steptember click here, or for more information about the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, click here.