Get ready to step your way to fitness

Burdekin residents can now nominate to join the 2016 Burdekin 10,000 Steps Challenge and step their way to fitness.

Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the program would be run a little differently this year.

“We offered a Council team member, who is involved in Relay for Life, the chance to use the Challenge as a fundraising event and she has accepted,” he said.

“Council last year received a 10,000 Steps grant to buy the pedometers and we will support Melanie with the event.”

Council ICT Administrator Melanie Napier said she was excited at the prospect of using the 2016 Burdekin 10,000 Steps Challenge as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

“I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to help promote an active lifestyle for residents of the Burdekin, as well as raise vital funds and awareness for the 2016 Burdekin Relay for Life event,” she said.

“I am determined to get members of Council’s outside workforce involved this year and hope to encourage some friendly rivalry between the teams.

“The whole community is invited to participate. We would like 15 teams each with 10 members, however may take more depending on pedometer availability.

“Team members will each be asked to pay a $10 nomination fee and indicate whether they would require a pedometer or if they already had one for their use.”

The Challenge will kick off on Monday, April 11 and finish Friday, May 27. Steps only, not exercise, will be counted toward the final tally.

Teams can register their interest with Melanie by calling her on 4783 9985 or via email

Nomination forms will also be available from Council’s website and the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches.

The members of the winning team will each receive an individual prize pack donated by About Town Bait and Tackle, Andrea Piotto (NRGIZE), Curves, Eathorne’s Sportspower, Subway and Woods News and Lucky Casket.

Thanks to John and Kirstin Bonanno at SPORTFIRST Ayr all participants will also receive a 15% discount voucher for use during the 10,000 Steps Challenge (11 April 2016 to 27 May 2016).

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