Sixty teams of IRT Group staff and residents have committed to take at least 10,000 steps a day for 28 days to raise money for people living with cerebral palsy.

"That means 240 of our people are getting stepping this Steptember," said IRT Group Chief Executive, Nieves Murray.

"As one of Australia's largest community-owned seniors lifestyle and care providers, IRT is very community minded and eager to help the Cerebral Palsy Alliance raise much needed funds," she said.

Ms Murray said this was the fourth year IRT had participated in the initiative and she was proud so many staff and residents had taken up the challenge again.

"Last year we raised $13,448.22 and took over 44 million steps," she said. "This year we've already raised $3000 and taken 12 million steps, so I'm eager to hear the final tallies at the end of the month."

"As a care service provider, many of our staff are on their feet most of the day supporting the needs of our residents and customers," she said. "I'm sure many of our employees will clock up their 10,000 steps by lunchtime!"

Some of IRT's aged care employees have reported taking up to 15,000 steps a day.

To help inspire each other to reach their goals, some IRT teams have agreed on penalties of $1 and $2 donations if members don't reach the 10,000 steps per day target; all in the spirit of friendly competition and fundraising.

Run by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, the Steptember charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight, log their steps or activities online, and get family, friends and colleagues to sponsor them.

Every dollar raised helps the Alliance provide much-needed services, support, and care for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. So far Australians have raised almost $3 million. To sponsor a team or donate go to: www.steptember.org.au

13 September 2017

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