Full-time remote working is new for mum-of-one Rebecca Lawlor and partner Roger, but they’re settling in.
“It’s full-on with a baby — I think everybody’s getting used to seeing kids on conference calls!” says Blessington-based Rebecca.
Like working parents everywhere, the couple are dividing their day, with each getting a chance to work, as well as look after 15-month-old Zion.
“I clock on at 9am. I’m closeted away upstairs. I relieve Roger at lunchtime and I take Zion again at 5.30.
"Roger is a Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai instructor, he’s doing live classes online.”
Rebecca works for Dublin-based event agency Event Fuel, which recently launched Step Up, Stay Put, a charity fitness challenge that calls on people of all ages to reach 10,000 steps daily and raise money for charity, while adhering to Covid-19 restrictions.
The initiative simultaneously tackles a few issues — get fit, combat cabin fever, and fundraise for worthy causes.
The organisers say 1,000 steps can be achieved in a mere 10 minutes.
Event Fuel director Jamie Deasy says their first motivation was to create a solution to cancelled fundraisers, followed by the fitness imperative.
“Charities are finding it difficult through these times and people need new goals for exercise.”
Participants can choose a favourite charity or opt for the Covid Response Team ‘Keep Breathing’ campaign —a not-for-profit team of engineers, doctors, students, innovators have come together to develop an open-source, easily manufactured ventilator.
Rebecca is fundraising for Globalteer: Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia.
“Roger’s from Peru and Zion’s half Peruvian. I know Peru is struggling with the pandemic and their economy’s a lot poorer.”
So far, with Zion keeping her on her toes, she has achieved over 250,000 steps.
She especially racks them up with weekend games of hide-and-seek — in one day alone, she did 19,000!
Many who’ve taken up the challenge are donating to Keep Breathing; others are fundraising for charities including Pieta House, Irish Heart Foundation, Amber Women’s Refuge, and St Francis Hospice.