Steptember 2020: Get your sweat on in aid of firefighters and their families
28 August 2020
By Jamie Milligan
Some of 2019's SFRS participants
People across Scotland are being urged to get their sweat on this September in aid of firefighters and their families
Last year, the SFRS Family Support Trust (FST) launched its maiden StepTember exercise challenge, laying down the gauntlet to participants by asking them to complete either 26, 50 or 100-mile journeys within the 30 days of September.
The event proved to be hugely popular, with more than 180 people clocking up a staggering 14,400 miles - a distance that would (approximately) take the average person 201,628 days to walk.
The tenacious trekkers even dreamt up some unusual ways to complete their miles, with participants opting to walk, run, cycle and even row their miles.
This year, the Family Support Trust is hoping the event can prove to be even more successful.
The FST help support firefighters and their families across Scotland by offering financial assistance and respite accommodation.
SFRS Area Commander Garry Mackay helped organise the event and is a Family Support Trust Board Member.
He said: "Last year’s event captured the imagination of people and this year, given the restrictions we have seen on so many events, we hope that more than ever people will get behind StepTember and support the incredible work of the Family Support Trust.
"We have worked with the event provider to ensure that participants are able to donate as large a proportion of the entry fee as they choose and this goes straight to the Trust.
"In addition, through the generosity of our partners Breaking Strain Events, we have kept the entry fee and costs to the charity exactly the same as last year.”
Participants can decide how much of their registration fee goes straight to the charity, with options for some of the entry costs to go towards a medal or joining gift.
To register for this year's event and to help support the Family Support Trust, visit https://www.breakingstrain.co.uk/steptember/