Andy’s fundrais­ing idea is one in a mil­lion

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A TEAM of 10 Oban Times staff mem­bers will col­lec­tively walk one mil­lion steps this month to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK. The chal­lenge, which be­gins just a few days ahead of World Can­cer Day on Saturday Fe­bru­ary 4, will be mea­sured us­ing step- counter de­vices such as Fit­bits. The OT team chose Can­cer Re­search UK af­ter re­al­is­ing how much can­cer has af­fected staff and their friends and fam­ily.

Oban Times pro­duc­tion man­ager Andy Bruce, who came up with chal­lenge idea, said: ‘ With con­stantly improving treat­ments avail­able, Can­cer Re­search UK is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to can­cer suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies. ‘Our aim is to raise £1,000 for the cause. It should be a lot of fun too.’ The Fit­bit team tak­ing part are, left to right, Andy Bruce, Louise Glen, Nicky Mur­phy, Su­san Win­dram, Louise Steele, Carolyn Buchanan, Lorna Scott, Rhona McKil­lop, Kevin McCub­bin and Stephanie Dun­staffnage.

A TEAM of 10 staff from The

Oban Times will col­lec­tively walk one mil­lion steps this month to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK.

The chal­lenge, which be­gins just a few days ahead of World Can­cer Day on Saturday Fe­bru­ary 4, will be mea­sured us­ing step- counter de­vices such as Fit­bits.

The OT team chose Can­cer Re­search UK af­ter re­al­is­ing how much can­cer has af­fected staff and their friends and fam­ily. Oban Times pro­duc­tion man­ager Andy Bruce, who came up with chal­lenge idea, said: ‘ With con­stantly improving treat­ments avail­able, Can­cer Re­search UK is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to can­cer suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies. Our aim is to raise £1,000 for the cause.

‘ The chal­lenge will also be good for pro­mot­ing good health in the work­place, es­pe­cially as we all sit at desks for most of the day. ‘It should be a lot of fun too.’ He added: ‘ The Oban Times would like to thank Fit­bit for kindly do­nat­ing a num­ber of de­vices for the chal­lenge.’

To en­sure the fundrais­ing re­ally is a chal­lenge, the team’s step count will only ap­ply to steps taken dur­ing work hours – 9am to 5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

In or­der to reach the tar­get, each staff mem­ber, all of whom have desk jobs, must reach a min­i­mum of 5,000 steps in their work­ing day by tak­ing reg­u­lar screen breaks and long walks at lunchtime.

Lisa Adams, Can­cer Re­search UK spokes­woman in Scot­land, said: ‘ We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at The

Oban Times for their act of unity for World Can­cer Day. The one mil­lion steps chal­lenge will raise vi­tal funds for re­search to beat can­cer sooner.

‘Can­cer Re­search UK spent more than £ 33 mil­lion on re­search in Scot­land last year. One in two peo­ple in the UK will be di­ag­nosed with can­cer at some point in their lives but the good news is that more peo­ple are sur­viv­ing the dis­ease now than ever be­fore.

‘Sur­vival rates have dou­bled since the 1970s but more funds and more sup­port­ers are need- ed to bring for­ward the day when all can­cers are cured.’

For World Can­cer Day on Saturday, Can­cer Re­search UK is call­ing on men, women and chil­dren to play their part by wear­ing a ‘Unity’ band or do­nat­ing to the cause. Money raised will help fund life­sav­ing re­search and help bring for­ward the day when all can­cers are cured.

The bands come in three dif­fer­ent colours and are avail­able in all 84 Can­cer Re­search UK shops for a sug­gested do­na­tion of £2 as well as on­line at www.cruk.org.uk/world­cancer­day.

To do­nate to The Oban Times fundrais­ing ef­forts, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/OTmil­lion­steps.

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