Stepping up for charity during lockdown

Stepping up for charity during lockdown

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. 

Whether you dance, run up and down stairs, hold races for the kids in the back garden, or even take that business call as you walk a lap around the garden, every step brings you closer to your goal.

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.

  • Register on Giv2Go.com: individuals €10, families €20 (goes towards your chosen charity). For more information, email support@giv2go.com.

Stepping up

Stepping up for charity during lockdown

  • Find online dance workouts on YouTube. Zumba and step workouts are great for racking up steps. Or stick on some upbeat music and use a skipping rope.

  • Use the stairs. Stair hops, stair crawl, stair press, stair lunges or even just jogging up and down make for a great cardio workout.

  • Increase strength with some HIIT (high-intensity interval training) — why not try jump squats or burpees?

  • Housework andgardening can increase your step — no better time for spring cleaning.

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