Beginning Tuesday 3rd September, 53 Paraparaumu College staff members have taken on the challenge of completing 10,000 steps a day for 28 days to raise vital funds for children and adults in New Zealand who live with cerebral palsy.

Did you know that the average office worker only takes around 3,000 steps/day? So, it’s a big jump to move over 3 times that every day for 28 days. However, it’s such a worthy cause that we wanted to give it a go. And we can do any number of physical activities besides walking, so having that variety will certainly help to keep us motivated.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability amongst NZ children. And half of New Zealanders with CP suffer chronic pain due to the tightening of their muscles. In fact, many are not able to walk without assistance.

On behalf of all the participating staff and teams, we would really appreciate your help reaching our fundraising target. Please consider a donation to our PC coordinator Brenda McKenzie’s fundraising page: (

If you’re not sure what difference your donation will make, here’s an example: $55 will support research into the prevention of CP in newborns – every other day in NZ, a baby is diagnosed with this lifelong condition. In fact, any amount you contribute will make a very real difference to the CP community and it will also be an encouragement to me to get out there and complete my 10,000 steps every day.

Thanks so much for giving thoughtful consideration to my request for support. Together we can do a great deal to enhance the lives of those living with CP.

Brenda McKenzie,

Paraparaumu College Steptember Coordinator 2019

PS If you’re able to contribute, you will of course receive a charitable donations receipt for every gift over $5.00