Join us this September and take steps to empower women!
Welcome to our STEPtember challenge to raise money for Alana House, PACT's community project for vulnerable women, based in Reading.
The challenge is simple: choose a goal, donate or fundraise for Alana House and get stepping! You can do your steps any time through the month of September and any way you like, including walking around the house, doing the shopping, a morning run or a weekend walk.
All proceeds will go towards Alana House, our life-changing women's community project that uses a holistic approach to support and empower women who find themselves at a disadvantage. The project provides information, support and advice to help women with a wide variety of needs including domestic abuse, poverty, mental health issues, education and unemployment.
To start the challenge, you will need to decide on your step target. There are three step options or you can choose your own amount:
→ Quick-stepper: 150,000 steps - that's roughly 5,000 steps a day or around 15 miles a week.
→ Trail-blazer: 300,000 steps - that's roughly 10,000 steps a day or around 30 miles a week.
→ Star-trekker: Half a million (500,000) steps - that's roughly 16,600 steps a day or around 50 miles a week.
These numbers may sound high, but on average people in Britain take around 5,000 steps per day. This varies depending on how active your lifestyle is so we recommend choosing a challenge that's right for you. If you don't do a lot of physical activity very often, we recommend choosing a lower target. If you are already quite active then you are probably doing around 15 miles a week anyway, so why not challenge yourself to go that extra mile?
Registration for STEPtember is free for everyone. The challenge exists to raise money for Alana House so we do ask that you either donate what you can when you sign up, or ask family and friends to sponsor you through the challenge. You can sign up in a team or on your own and everyone signing up will receive a welcome pack and a step tracker. To find out more, read our FAQs .
Take your first step and sign up today!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a pedometer or a wearable fitness tracker to do the challenge?
- How do I record and add up my steps over the month?
- Can I change my goal after I have signed up or started?
- Can children take part?
- Do I have to ask for sponsorship?
- Where will my donations go?
- Do I need to prove that I have completed the challenge?
1. Do I need a pedometer or a wearable fitness tracker to do the challenge?
No, all you need is a smartphone. There are lots of apps that are free to download which can track your steps, such as Pacer, FitBit, GoogleFit or MapMyWalk, and many smartphones come with a built-in health app. Just remember to take your phone with you when you go out so you can maximise on that walking time!
2. How do I record and add up my steps over the month?
PACT will provide a step tracker when you sign up. You can enter your step total for the day or the week and the tracker will calculate how close you are to reaching your goal! Alternatively, you might have an app or your own record of your steps and this is fine too.
3. Can I change my goal after I have signed up or started?
Yes, absolutely! You simply need to enter your new goal into the step tracker and the tracker will calculate how many steps you have left.
4. Can children take part?
Yes, kids can join in too! You only need to register once per family to receive the welcome pack and activity tracker, but we like hearing about who is doing our challenge so let us know who is joining in when you sign up!
5. Do I have to ask for sponsorship?
We are running the challenge to raise money for Alana House so although it is free to register for the challenge, we ask that you consider either gathering sponsorship or making a donation when you sign up. We are choosing not to set a specific donation amount and instead ask that you give what you can. All donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated.
6. Where will my donations go?
All donations and fundraising from the challenge will go towards our community project, Alana House. You can find out more about Alana House's work here on our website .
7. Do I need to prove that I have completed the challenge?
No, you don't need to send us any proof that you achieved your goal. However, we love hearing about how you are getting on so please do post your pictures, share your achievements and encourage one another in our STEPtember Facebook group!