Cope Foundation rounds up its annual 300,000 steps challenge
Volunteers from Cork and beyond have walked hundreds of millions of steps in aid of Cope Foundation. Almost 800 people completed the 300,000 Steps Challenge during the 28 days of February to raise funds for projects and programmes that empower and support people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism across Cork city and county.
A total of 240,000,000 steps were completed in February by individuals, companies, schools, GAA Clubs, people supported by Cope Foundation and many staff members. That’s the equivalent of travelling from Cork to Australia 10 times. The campaign was once again proudly supported by EY.
The organisation has thanked all participants for their efforts and awarded some of its Top Fundraisers with exclusive 300,000 Steps plaques to mark their achievements.
John Higgins, Lead Partner, EY Cork, says, “We were thrilled to once again support Cope Foundation’s #StepsForChange initiative. Movement and exercise are so important to our mental health and wellbeing. However, with life resuming to some sort of normality, this year presented an extra challenge. Anyone who took part had to make an extra effort to get their daily steps in along with busy schedules. But, overall, it was a great way for everyone to stay active and motivated during February.”
Matthew Murphy was a Team Leader for the campaign and provided weekly video updates on the Challenge. He added, “I was delighted to share my progress every week, and I really enjoyed helping people stay motivated. It wasn’t an easy task to get over 10,000 daily steps, but it was so worth it. I’m looking forward to taking on the Challenge again next year.”
People of all ages stepped out to stay fit and support the work done by Cope Foundation. As a result, many participants have developed a habit of reaching over 10,000 steps a day and aim to continue achieving this daily.