Making every step count


Questions About Steptember

What are the start and end dates for Steptember?

Steptember starts on September 3, 2019 and ends at midnight on Steptember 30, 2019

When do registrations open?

Registration is open now!  It costs $25 per person and you’ll receive a Steptember Kit, which includes a good quality 3D pedometer to count your steps, a Steptember info card and exclusive access to the Steptember website.  Click HERE to sign up now! 

When will I receive my Steptember Kit and what does it include?

Steptember Kits will start going out from August, 2019. Each kit includes a 3D pedometer, with a wrist strap, a lanyard and information card. Steptember kits will be sent to the postal address you enter during registration. Each team member will be sent their own pack. 

Can I register with an international address?

Unfortunately no. Only New Zealand postal addresses can be entered. If you live overseas and would like to participate, please contact the Steptember team at

Using the website

I’ve misplaced my login details to the Steptember website. How do I login?

Click on ‘Forgot Password’ on the login page. You’ll be prompted to fill out your registered email address. An email will then to be sent to you with a link to a page on the website where you can set a new password.

How do I form a team?

To start, get four people together and choose a team leader who will register the team via the website. During the registration process, the Team Leader will be required to enter the names and email addresses of each Team Member. Each Team Member will then receive an invitation from the Steptember website to join the team and complete their personal registration.

What is a Team Leader?

A Team Leader is the person who is in charge of registering your team. They will register your team on the website and can manage the admin for the team. They will also allocate the team name!

How do I join a team?

Your team leader will be prompted to invite you during the registration process, so hold tight and wait for your invite to land in your inbox. You will then need to click on the link provided and complete your details.  

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost to join Steptember?

When you register, you’ll receive a Steptember Kit, which includes a good quality 3D pedometer to count your steps, a Steptember info card and exclusive access to the Steptember website. If you're keen to get your workplace involved, email the team at and we'll send you more information.

Registration is $25 per person.

My organisation has pre-purchased teams, and one of my team members is a child, do we get a discount?

Unfortunately no, all pre-purchased teams are at the fixed cost of $100 for four people, regardless of age.

Reasons to Step Up to the Challenge

• You’ll have a great motivation to exercise more. You’ll get off the bus one stop early. You’ll take the stairs instead of the lift. You’ll dance in the supermarket (well, maybe).

• Speaking of: you’ll have more energy. You’ll sleep better. You may even lose a few kilogrammes – that, of course, is all win-win!

• You’ll set up some friendly competition in the office and challenge workmates you know you can beat!

• Best of all, you’ll feel great knowing that the money you raise is going to a fantastic cause. You’ll be helping Kiwi kids and adults with cerebral palsy gain access to specialised services and programmes to aid in everyday life.  


Firstly, set a target for your team. Remember this is your chance to change the lives of New Zealand children and adults living with CP. You will be surprised how easy it is once you get started.

Who will be my sponsors?

Friends, family members, employers, work colleagues, you name it. Anyone with a big heart!

The biggest fundraising mistake people make is not asking. Think about how great you feel about making a difference, so why not give the people around you the same opportunity to help. Show your commitment to your fundraising and kick off your fundraising drive by making a donation to yourself.

How can I fundraise?

How you raise funds is completely up to you, so get creative! Once you’ve set your team's fundraising target, get together and brainstorm your ideas.

You automatically get your very own fundraising page where anyone can make a tax-deductible donation.

Have some fun and inject your personality and style into it! Your sponsors will not only be supporting Cerebral Palsy Society they’ll be supporting you as well. 

Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Morning Tea/Afternoon Tea
  • Joggers/sports shoe only day
  • Garage sale
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Trivia night
  • Guessing competition
  • Give it up for a week

Do I have to fundraise as a team or can I do my own activities?

That’s up to you. All funds raised by you and your team members will be combined to reach your team target.

How do I set a new fundraising target?

Your Team Leader can change the team fundraising target on the My Team page.

Our team has reached our fundraising target, what happens now?

Awesome! You obviously have a talent for it, keep going! Your Team Leader can increase your team’s target at any time on the My Team page.

What can our team choose to fundraise for?

You can select to fundraise for either programs and services, where the need is greatest or research. If you’re unsure, Cerebral Palsy Society will allocate the funds to where they’re needed the most.

If my sponsor makes a donation to my team through the website, will they receive a tax receipt?

Yes. If the donation is $5 or more, a tax receipt will be sent to their nominated email address immediately.

What do offline donations mean?

An offline donation is any funds not raised via the website. If you receive cash or a cheque from a donor, it is considered an offline donation. Please contact us at so we can make sure all the details are correct on your tax receipt.  Make sure you make reference to your deposit, for example, your name and team name in your email. 

How do I add my offline donations to my online total?

Once funds are received by Cerebral Palsy Society, your fundraising total will be automatically updated. Make sure you make reference to your deposit, for example, your name and team name. 

How does my sponsor receive a receipt for offline donations?

When you bank the offline donation, you’ll be prompted to enter the donor’s details. Once the funds are received by Cerebral Palsy Society, your donor will be sent a receipt via email. On the Raise Funds page, you’ll find a receipt template to record your donor’s details and donation amount. This is useful for recalling the details when entering them into the site.

What is a tax-deductible donation?

A tax deductible donation is any donation over $5 that was not given in exchange for goods or services.

Examples of payments that are not tax deductible include:

  • Purchases of raffle or art union tickets
  • Purchases of items such as chocolates and sausage sizzles
  • The cost of attending fundraising dinners, even if the cost exceeds the value of the dinner

Do I have to wait for Steptember to start before I start fundraising?

No, you can start fundraising as soon as you register. The sooner, the better!

Is the Steptember web site secure?

Yes. The Steptember website uses SSL technology to encrypt your personal data when it is transferred from your browser to the website. Your personal details are protected on our servers, which are PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant. We never store any credit card details on our servers.

To find out more information about cerebral palsy please visit:

Participating in Steptember

What else can our organisation do to make Steptember even better for our staff?

We encourage organisations to get really involved! There are many things you can do at an organisational level to engage and support your employees. Why not try:

  • Throw Steptember launch parties! One at the start and one at the end of Steptember!
  • Hold competitions/incentives for teams who reach their goals
  • Start a lunchtime walking program
  • Use newsletters or your company intranet to give updates on the progress of your teams

When do I wear my pedometer?

All the time! Only take your pedometer off when you're going to bed or in any type of water (as your pedometer isn't waterproof). We also advise that you remove your pedometer when taking part in any activity that can be converted into steps on the website, for example, cycling, yoga, etc. (see other activities below).

I do other physical activities apart from walking, for example, cycling. Can this count towards my step total?

Yes! Steptember isn’t just about walking. We encourage you to participate with any activity you enjoy. We’ve created an activity conversion table to convert over 40 activities into steps. Simply select this activity when you record your steps on your web page.

I can’t see my activity on the conversion table — does that mean it doesn’t count?

Not necessarily. We’ve done our best to convert as many activities as we can, but it's impossible to include everything.  If your activity isn’t represented try to select an activity that is similar to it. Please feel free to email one of our friendly Steptember team members at and we’ll try and have your activity added to next year’s list.

Can I buy an extra pedometer if I lose or break both of mine?

If you need an extra pedometer, please contact the Steptember Team at 

Will I ever need to replace the battery in my pedometer?

You shouldn’t need to replace the battery during Steptember. They are built to last the duration of the event. At some point in the future however, the battery will run out. Simply follow the instructions supplied with your pedometer to change it.

Do I have to enter my steps every day?

We recommend that you enter steps every day to allow a steady journey up your virtual mountain.

Can anyone else see my step entries?

Yes, your team members will be able to see your steps. The general public will only see the team's total steps.

Can I only enter my steps via the Steptember web site, or is there another way?

You can also enter your steps via a smartphone or tablet. Or download the Steptember App available for apple and android.

What are the other activities that can be converted into steps?


Aerobic Class  Aerobics American football

Aussie Rules 





Circuit Training 

Circuit Training Class 

Combat Class 




Driving Range 



Horse Riding 


Ice Skating 


Kite Boarding 

Manual Wheelchair (pushing)

Manual Wheelchair (using)

Martial Arts 



Power Wheelchair

Racquet Sports 

Resistance Training 

Rock Climbing 

Roller Blading 




Rugby League 


Snow Sport 

Soccer (football) 



 Swimming   Wakeboarding   Water Skiing 
 Weights Class  Wind Surfing   Yoga