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Author: Craig Eardley

Greater staff "climb" Mt Everest 185 times to help people with cerebral palsy

Greater Building Society staff stepped up and “virtually” climbed Mount Everest 185 times to raise much needed funds for services to help people with cerebral palsy and their families. 

A total of 172 staff from across regional NSW and the Gold Coast took on the Steptember Challenge, aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for 28 days (September 3-30). The final number of steps taken was tallied today (October 10). The Greater’s staff took 42,373,227 steps and have so far raised more than $15,500. Pauline Sullivan from the Customer Service Centre took 489, 898 steps or an average of more than 16,000 steps per day. The Salamander Bay Branch team took 1,548,482 steps, the most of any of the Greater’s 43 teams.  

 A total of 16 teams were from the following Greater branches and the remainder from its Newcastle (Hamilton) headquarters.


  • Wallsend 570,051 steps
  • Maitland 644,185 steps
  • Rutherford – 2 teams
  • The Geronimos – 597,418 steps
  • The Rutherford Road Runners) – 633,946 steps
  • Singleton 628,337 steps
  • Muswellbrook 1,103,889 steps
  • Morisset 1,229,984 steps
  • Salamander Bay 1,548,482 steps

Central West

  • Dubbo 1,192,447 steps


  • Shellharbour 1,059,881 steps
  • Dapto 866,411 steps 

Gold Coast

  • Helensvale Hot Stepovers 1,066,450 steps
  • The leftovers – 986,338 steps

New England

  • Armidale 984,189 steps 

Mid North Coast

  • Taree Trail Blazers 929,351
  • Taree Trekkers 1,193,882

Greater organiser Kelly Eather said the number of Greater staff participating in Steptember almost doubled on last year making it one of the most supportive Australian corporates of this year’s challenge in terms of staff participation. 

Fundraising closes on Friday 31 October. Ms Eather said The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is on track to raise $3 million this year, up from $1.4 million last year.

She said that Cerebral Palsy Alliance has put much of that increases to a massive increase in teams from across regional Australia. 

“Participating in Steptember has many benefits for people and organisations,” Ms Eather said.   

“As well as raising much needed funds for people with cerebral palsy our staff have become more active and it was a great team building exercise too,” she said.   

The recommended daily minimum for an average healthy person is 10,000. The average office worker takes just 2,500 steps a day. Participants wore a pedometer and logged their daily steps online, moving their Steptember team up seven virtual mountain summits. It takes 228, 778 steps to virtually climb 8,848m high Mount Everest.  

The Greater and the Greater Charitable Foundationalso support Cerebral Palsy Alliance youth mentoring programs in the NSW Hunter and Central Coast regions. 

People wishing to donate to a Greater or another Steptember team should visit before October 31.