PORSE staff take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

PORSE ed­u­ca­tors and staff are step­ping it out this Septem­ber for a good cause.

More than 170 PORSE ed­u­ca­tors and staff from around New Zealand have reg­is­tered for Steptem­ber and set a com­bined tar­get to raise $32,155 for cere­bral palsy.

The av­er­age of­fice worker takes just 3000 steps a day, where as PORSE ed­u­ca­tors and staff reg­is­tered for Steptem­ber have set them­selves the chal­lenge of tak­ing 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight.

For PORSE ed­u­ca­tor Bar­bara Hamil­ton, it’s a cause close to her heart. She spent two years car­ing for a boy with cere­bral palsy years ago and never lost touch with the fam­ily that moved away. The boy died from the com­pli­ca­tions of hav­ing cere­bral palsy re­cently. Bar­bara says she’ll be do­ing Steptem­ber in mem­ory of him.

“He was such a lovely, kind car­ing per­son — it was hard to say good­bye. So, this is def­i­nitely a cause close to my heart.”

With four chil­dren in her care, Bar­bara spends a lot of time on her feet.

“I hit 1000 steps in just 15 min­utes fol­low­ing my daugh­ter around the play­ground,” she says. How­ever, she is pre­pared to top up her steps on qui­eter days with a walk with her PORSE team­mates who have raised $270 for the Cere­bral Palsy So­ci­ety so far.

Na­tional busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Con­sul­tant Pip Thomp­son says Steptem­ber is a good fol­low on from Dry July.

“I know that my health and well­be­ing are cru­cial to my qual­ity of life and Steptem­ber helps my plight to stay fit and healthy.”

PORSE ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing gen­eral man­ager Erin Maloney says Steptem­ber is a great health and well­be­ing ini­tia­tive as well as a wor­thy cause, help­ing Ki­wis liv­ing with Cere­bral Palsy.

“We’re ex­cited that so many of our staff and ed­u­ca­tors have got be­hind this ini­tia­tive and are pas­sion­ate about help­ing oth­ers in our com­mu­nity,” Erin says.

“It also mod­els a pow­er­ful mes­sage for the chil­dren that we care for around the im­por­tance of keep­ing ac­tive and nur­tur­ing our health and well­be­ing. Through our com­mu­nity pro­gramme, our chil­dren ben­e­fit from the en­vi­ron­ment as their third teacher.

Steptem­ber is a great way for us to en­cour­age our PORSE wha¯ nau to get out and about in their com­mu­nity.”

Steptem­ber na­tional man­ager Shelly Reilly says PORSE has one of the largest groups of Steptem­ber par­tic­i­pants along with Coca Cola, Fon­terra, T&G and Voda­fone.

This year about 18,000 New Zealan­ders will be tak­ing part in the global event which is also run in Aus­tralia, the USA, Sin­ga­pore, the Nether­lands and Turkey.

Last year, Ki­wis raised $960,000 for the Cere­bral Palsy So­ci­ety.

Shelly says the money raised by Steptem­ber is a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to The Cere­bral Palsy So­ci­ety and goes to­wards a range of pro­grammes, in­clud­ing vouch­ers for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and taxi travel.

Cere­bral Palsy is the most com­mon dis­abil­ity in child­hood, with one in ev­ery 500 chil­dren born in New Zealand be­ing af­fected by Cere­bral Palsy in some way. ■ You can support the Cere­bral Palsy So­ci­ety by mak­ing a do­na­tion: https:/ /event.steptem­ber.org.nz/do­nate

PORSE Hawke’s Bay staff gear­ing up for ac­tion.

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