This January, make a New Year’s Resolution that will make a life-changing difference to thousands of individuals and families impacted by brain injury in Ireland. As part of its annual Step Up for Brain Injury campaign, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is asking you to raise funds by walking 150,000 steps between January 1st and 31st.
Football legend Paul McGrath will take on the challenge and encourages others to ‘Step Up’ in solidarity with brain injury survivors:
“19,000 people in Ireland acquire a brain injury every year – people of all ages whose lives are turned upside down overnight and who need the right support, at the right time to get things back on track. ‘Stepping Up for Brain Injury’ is a chance to get out and get active in the new year, but more importantly it’s a chance to make a real difference to the future of survivors and their families. This will be the third year I’ve ‘Stepped Up’ for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and I want 2023 to be the most successful yet. So, get involved, register to take part, and join me on the journey to 150,000 steps in January.”
Registration for the third annual Step Up for Brain Injury campaign opens today, Thursday 1st December. Participation is free – all that’s required is a simple sign-up on Facebook or JustGiving. All those registered will receive a free Acquired Brain Injury Ireland neck buff, and those who raise €150 or more will receive a commemorative ‘Step Up’ medal. Details about how to get involved can be found online at www.abiireland.ie
An estimated 120,000 people in Ireland are living with a disability as the result of an acquired brain injury. Every step taken as part of the ‘Step Up’ challenge and every euro raised will benefit those impacted, as well as their families and carers.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the country’s leading provider of specialised, community-based brain injury rehabilitation services. The organisation’s mission is to empower and support people with a brain injury to live their fullest and most independent life, with confidence. This is made possible by vital donations, including through campaigns like ‘Step Up for Brain Injury’.
Event Information: Step Up for Brain Injury
The Challenge: Walk, run, or jog 150,000 steps from January 1st – 31st, 2023.
How to Take Part:
Registration is free and open now. Full details can be found at: abiireland.ie/events/stepup.
Each individual taking part will set their fundraising target at €150. To begin fundraising, participants will be required to join the Step Up for Brain Injury Facebook Group or to register on JustGiving.
All those taking part will be responsible for keeping count of their own steps, for example by using a pedometer app on a smartphone, or by using a smartwatch or Fitbit. Those ‘Stepping Up’ are invited to share their steps and fundraising efforts with photos and video through social media and with their own networks.
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About Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the leading national provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury and their families. A brain injury can affect a person’s ability to manage their own life and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland works in communities across Ireland to support and empower people to rebuild their lives where they live. The not-for-profit organisation also campaigns, educates and advocates for the rights and needs of this hidden group in society. www.abiireland.ie