March a Million for Cancer Focus NI

Dunloy mum Emma Dowds Tsang is encouraging everyone to lace up their trainers and March a Million steps to help Cancer Focus Northern Ireland save its services.

By Una Culkin
Friday, 19th February 2021, 11:15 am

Emma and 21 of her friends have already completed a fundraiser for the charity by walking an amazing total of two million steps between them in a week, often with buggies and children in tow, raising a bumper £2,550.

The next challenge – March a Million – will help raise funds to keep Cancer Focus NI’s lifeline services going, such as counselling, family support and specialist bra-fitting for women with breast cancer.

The charity is asking local people, including families, to complete one million steps starting on March 1 – that’s 10,000 steps a day for 100 days, or 500 miles, or more than 18 full marathons if you’re doing it solo. Split between four people it’ll amount to 10,000 steps for 25 days each.

Emma Dowds Tsang with her children Aoibheann, Eoin and Meara

Emma said: “Once social distancing restrictions came into force we had to think up different ways to fundraise. This is where our million step challenge idea came from. It started with 10 members of my fitness studio, T-Fit Studio 01 in Dunloy, agreeing to take part but when the word got out about what we were doing and the cause we were supporting, we were soon 22 strong. One of the girls had to isolate but she didn’t let that stop her and instead did almost 90,000 steps on the treadmill.

“Why not sign up for March a Million and get the steps in to help people in our community who are trying to deal with cancer on top of all the other stresses brought by Covid.”

Visit www.cancerfocusni.org/million and sign up.

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