Helping raise money for two very worthy causes proved a powerful motivator for the Datacom team to rack up thousands of kilometres and millions of steps in 2022.
STEPtember saw the formation of a 760-strong transtasman Datacom team who clocked up more than 140 million steps in their efforts to raise money to support people living with cerebral palsy.
Pre and post-work team walks and “mobile meetings” became a regular occurrence, and taking a selfie while walking was definitely on trend.
Datacom Connect MD Stacey Tomasoni led “Pace with Stace” sessions throughout September, which drew together team members from different countries and as many as 20 different cities and towns.
“Raising money for life-changing research and support services for cerebral palsy was a great source of motivation for the team and people went above and beyond to squeeze thousands of extra steps into their week.”
The team’s final fundraising total for STEPtember was more than $70,000, including a $20,000 contribution from Datacom.
Before pounding the payment for STEPtember, Datacom MD Alex Coates also took on the Coastrek challenge to raise funding for the Beyond Blue team who provide vital mental health and wellbeing support in Australia.
“It is such as important cause. I feel incredibly passionate about women’s mental health in particular, especially after the last couple of years when women have had so much to juggle and, for many of them, that has taken a real toll on their personal wellbeing."
The epic Coastrek walk saw Alex walk from Melbourne’s Cape Schanck to Point Nepean, taking a total of 66,000 steps in 9 hours 21 minutes.
It was all worth it in the end – Alex’s personal fundraising total came to more than $9000 including a special matched donation of $2420 from Datacom, and together her team raised more than $13,000 to support much-needed mental health services.