Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) staff are likely to walk the equivalent of a third of the way around the globe in their efforts to raise funds for cerebral palsy this month.
In aptly named teams from the RedHotChilliStepperz through to the X Ray Factor, 123 hospital staff have taken up the challenge and are on track to hit 65,740,092 steps during ‘Steptember’.
‘Steptember’ is the worldwide campaign in which major organisations are encouraged to incentivise their employees to walk 10,000 steps a day for 28 days during September to raise awareness of, and fundraise for equipment, therapy and services, for children and adults living with Cerebral Palsy.
The cause is close to the heart of SAN staff, where 2000 babies are delivered each year. Midwives and obstetricians love it when they can confirm babies are born healthy and fully functioning but unfortunately this is not always the case. Worldwide one baby every 15 hours is born with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy covers a variety of conditions covering muscle disorders that affects movement, muscle control and coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.
The SAN teams range from groups of nurses who already walk a lot in their jobs, through to administrative teams who are hitting the pavement each morning to reach their goals.
In the first week SAN staff have raised $6,000 and walked 5,200kms, close to seven million steps – the equivalent of walking from Sydney to Cairns and back.