One million stairs
Money raised will help low-income families participate in adventure camps
A Saturday fundraiser is aiming high — having participants climb more steps than there are people in the city.
Healthy Steps for CHANGE is raising money for a local non-profit by challenging Edmonton to climb one million stairs on Saturday.
“The idea is that we get lots of people out and we spend some time outside on the staircase and have some fun and get some really good exercise at the same time,” said event organizer Doug Klein, an associate professor at the University of Alberta faculty of medicine.
The money raised, co-organized by the U of A department of family medicine and the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, will help low-income families participate in adventure camps run by CHANGE Health Alberta. The non-profit supports the development of good nutrition, wellness and physical activity habits in children and families.
Now in its fourth year, the fundraiser has reached more than one million steps each year since 2016. Klein expects up to 1,000 individuals, including some from schools around the city, to participate this year.
Klein said not all families feel comfortable out and about in the river valley, but Saturday’s event is designed to make enjoying the outdoors easy.
Starting at 8 a.m., volunteers will be at the Grandview stairs next to the Alfred H. Savage Centre on Fox Drive to count flights climbed by participants throughout the day.
But anyone who wants to participate can also report their own steps climbed anywhere in the city and log them online. Donations will also be collected in person and online through CHANGE.
Klein hopes the event will continue to encourage people to get out in the river valley, even as the cold weather sets in.
“We have this amazing river valley and we’ve got staircases that are actually maintained by the city throughout the year,” said Klein. “They’re a great way to get physical activity yearround.”