Best foot forward for charity
It began as a bid to help a good cause but taking up a walking challenge has helped a Blenheim woman on the road to fitness.
Cheryl Powell wanted to support the global Steptember challenge raising funds for people with cerebral palsy.
She signed-up and has been reaping the fitness benefits while trying to clock 10,000 steps every day.
The Marlborough Express receptionist has been donning her sneakers and walking everywhere she can.
But the birth of her first grand- child, Emmalynn, who is now 6-weeks-old, has put some of her walking plans on hold while she helps out.
Already a keen walker, Cheryl says she wanted to increase the amount of exercise she was getting.
‘‘I’ve definitely been doing a lot more than I normally do and it has been hard at times to get to 10,000 steps every day,’’ Cheryl says.
‘‘To me, it’s worth the effort because I know I’m doing myself some good. It’s also helping out others in need.’’
Every dollar raised helps provide vital equipment, services and programs to children and adults living with cerebral palsy.
Run by The Cerebral Palsy Society in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia, the Steptember charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days in a row.
Cheryl says she has been putting her sneakers to the test by taking walks during her lunch break and walking to work when she can. To donate visit event.steptember.org.nz