The Asthma Society has today called on the 12,408 people with asthma in Donegal and supporters to help #StepUpforAsthma.
The 10 Million Steps for Asthma virtual fundraiser was launched as part of Asthma Awareness Week, which takes place from Friday 1st May to Friday 8th May.
Over 380,000 people in Ireland currently have asthma and 890,000 will have it at some point in their lifetime. The current pandemic is a time of particular worry for people with asthma and their families. While people with asthma are not more likely to contract coronavirus, they may experience more severe symptoms if they do. Managing asthma well is more important than ever for people with the condition.
Unfortunately, this year’s Walk for Asthma event had to be cancelled. The Asthma Society had big plans to make it their main fundraising event but, in its place, they have created the 10 Million Steps for Asthma virtual fundraiser.
The campaign crew is appealing to the people of Ireland to walk/run/dance 10,000 steps every day during Asthma Awareness Week to help achieve 10 million steps collectively.
Participants are asked to please stay within their 2km, practice good social distancing and most importantly – to stay safe.
Participants are asked to log their steps and donate on www.asthma.ie/10-million-
Deirdre Lennon, Fundraising Manager at the Asthma Society of Ireland said: “We’re running a fun competition for people participating in the 10 Million Steps for Asthma fundraiser – a €50 AllforOne voucher each for the silliest walk by either an individual or household, for the cutest pet walk, and for the most steps walked across the week.
“If any person, for health or other reasons, can’t walk/step/dance 10k steps a day, they can still log whatever steps they can manage and donate to support our work. We look forward to seeing how many steps Ireland can reach in a week!”
For more information about the campaign, people can go to www.asthma.ie/10-million-