Written by Anne-Claire
Melanie, our KBS Brisbane Career Advisor, and Cassandra, KBS Brisbane’s student records officer, have been powering through the Steptember Challenge — a charity event to raise awareness and money for cerebral palsy.
The aim? To do 10,000 steps each day for 28 days straight. I recently interviewed them to find out more…
Q: What is the challenge about?
Cassandra: So, it’s about raising awareness for cerebral palsy and raising money for equipment that can be used in hospitals and homes for children with Cerebral Palsy. We are going to wear pedometers and record the number of steps we make each day.
Melanie: It’s a physical and mental challenge. Having to do a minimum of 10k steps a day for 28 days with an office job is very challenging. Hopefully we will not have to do extra laps before bed to reach the 10,000 steps!
Q: What motivated you to take part in this challenge?
Cassandra: Knowing that you are personally raising money and awareness for the cause is really a big satisfaction.
Melanie: Knowing that it will challenge me and push me outside of my daily routine of sitting down at my desk and reminding myself of how lucky I am that I can walk. This is really the major reason. Sometimes you just want to go home and lie on the couch and do not realise that some people do not have the same chance.
Q: Do you have a game plan in mind to get your 10,000 steps done every day?
Both Melanie and Cassandra: I’m definitely going to quit the elevator. We will have to meet and do some ‘laps’ during our lunch breaks.
Melanie: I will get up at 5am and go walk the dog. Molly (my dog) LOVES Steptember; she was over the moon last year.
Cassandra: I will go to the gym and do a lot of cardio to reach the count.
Q: How has the fundraising been going? How can we contribute?
Cassandra: We baked brownies and cupcakes that we sold for a gold coin donation each on the first week.
Melanie: I have baked 70 cupcakes and we have received $170 already!
Cassandra: We will hold a raffle where you have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar for the second and third week.
Melanie: We are working on a “piece de resistance” to wrap things up in the fourth week.