Brother proud of efforts
A group of South Canterbury residents has stepped out for charity.
Together Vivien Leslie, Tracey Reid, Reece Cummings and Debs George walked 1,535,033 steps in 28 days, an average of 13,705 per person, per day during September, as part of Steptember fundraising, raising $1018.48.
Run by The Cerebral Palsy Society, in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia, Steptember challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight, to raise money, and awareness.
Leslie’s brother, Evan Mardle, 40, had inspired her to take part in the annual fundraiser.
She said, while her brother was unable to speak, when she asked him if he was proud of his sister’s efforts in the fundraiser he indicated ‘yes’ and smiled.
Leslie said she had been overwhelmed by the community’s generosity.
‘‘I was surprised at how generous people were, Evan is well known in his local community and it is awesome to take part in a challenge that benefits my health as well as his,’’ she said.
She said last year her team raised $553.50.
She will take part in the fundraiser again next year and hoped to continue walking.