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Author: Craig Eardley

Greater staff step up to help kids with cerebral palsy

More than 150 Greater Building Society staff are literally stepping up in support of a four-week activity based challenge to get fit and help children and adults with cerebral palsy.

The Greater currently has 38 teams of four registered to take part in STEPtember, an Australian-inspired global health and wellness initiative where participants do 10,000 steps a day from September 3 to 30.

A total of 14 teams come from the following Greater branches and the remainder from its Newcastle (Hamilton) headquarters.

HUNTER

  • Wallsend
  • Rutherford(2 teams)
  • Maitland
  • Singleton
  • Muswellbrook
  • Morisset
  • Salamander Bay

ILLAWARRA

  • Shellharbour
  • Dapto

CENTRAL WEST

  • Dubbo

GOLD COAST

  • Helensvale

NEW ENGLAND

  • Armidale

MID NORTH COAST

  • Taree

Greater organiser Kelly Eather said the number of Greater staff participating in STEPtember had almost doubled on last year. Last year, 92 staff took 26,914,921 steps, enough to climb Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro 70 times.

She said The Greater has supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance and its youth mentoring programs since 2008 and the Greater Charitable Foundation is currently funding a number of Cerebral Palsy Alliance programs and initiatives.

“We’ve got a lot of fitness challenges and fundraising initiatives planned and we’re looking forward to some friendly rivalry to see which teams do the most steps,” Ms Eather said.

STEPtember participants aim to do 10,000 steps a day, which is the recommended daily minimum for an average healthy person. The average office worker takes just 2,500 steps a day.

Participants wear a pedometer and log their daily steps online, moving their STEPtember team up a virtual mountain. More than 40 different activities can also be converted into steps, making clocking up the 10,000 steps a day achievable and fun.

To sign up a team for STEPtember, or to support The Greater’s teams go to www.steptember.org.au

Media information: Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493. For the latest news from The Greater click here

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