MARS AUSTRALIA STEPS OUT IN FORCE FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FUNDRAISER
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MARS AUSTRALIA STEPS OUT IN FORCE FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FUNDRAISER

When the whistle blew to signal the end of Steptember, the competitive and enthusiastic Associates of Mars Australia were stunned by their numbers:

  • 161 Mars teams registered
  • 606 Associates participated
  • 168,103,085 steps taken
  • 134,482 kilometers covered
  • $ 20,596 raised for Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Every member of the Mars Australia teams had committed to walk 10,000 steps per day—the equivalent of walking around the world 2.95 times—all while raising money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Steptember organizes this worldwide physical activity fundraiser to support research and give people with Cerebral Palsy a chance at living the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible.

Associates were excited about an initiative that got them out of their seats and moving—a big boost for a healthy workplace. “The experience was great,” said one participant. “Great team building, and great to be able to exercise on the walking track. Though Steptember is over, I expect we’ll all continue.”

Mars Petcare Associates from the Wodonga site had the benefit of their newly opened 360-meter Pet Set Go walking track. Starting at the office, one lap around and back logs an impressive 1,000 steps and foot traffic was heavy all month. Wodonga didn’t have the largest team, but they walked the farthest and raised the most money!

While some Associates were grateful for lost weight (and dropping a buckle size) and others especially enjoyed the boosted camaraderie, everyone was thrilled to support such a good cause.

“I often take for granted my mobility, so this past month I decided to be thankful for what I have. I moved every single day to achieve at least 10,000 steps,” said one enthusiastic participant. “My intent is to continue for the year ahead!”

Interested in joining our energetic workplace? Find out more here!

Related: Read more here about how Mars Australia has contracted to generate enough solar power to cover the energy requirements of all six of the country’s Mars factories.