Brother proud of ef­forts

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

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.

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