Best foot for­ward for char­ity

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

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.steptem­

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