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Inspired by Mary MacKillop’s motto to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’, two Adelaide women are making every step count to raise money for Indigenous students undertaking their tertiary studies.

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Rebecca Reiner and Samantha Corns, who both work for the Sisters of Saint Joseph SA, have signed up to complete the Stadium Stomp challenge being held at Adelaide Oval on June 18.

The duo has been hard at training over the past few months preparing for the 6000 stairs they will climb in the event. However, they say all the effort will be worth it if they can meet their fundraising target of $2500 for the Mary MacKillop Today (MMT) First Nations Scholarship Program.

Honouring Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, MMT works to transform lives with dignity and self-determination. The scholarship program addresses systemic barriers to education by increasing access to tertiary studies for First Nations students through financial support.

“There is a long list of students who are eagerly awaiting the support they need to complete their tertiary studies and the money we raise will provide one semester of fees for a First Nations person,” Rebecca explained. “If we can raise more, all the better!”

Sam, who is a keen runner and walker, said the decision to take on the Stadium Stomp was part of an initiative by staff across the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph to assist MMT.

“Everyone is choosing their own ways of raising money for the First Nations scholarship program. Rebecca and I both like exercising and when we heard about the Stomp we thought it was something we could easily do and it’s enjoyable for us at the same time.

“The Adelaide Oval is a great location and doing the stair challenge with lots of other people will certainly have a good vibe and energy about it.”

Besides having the odd sore knee, Sam and Rebecca said their training was going well. They were particularly grateful to the Josephite Sisters at Kensington who often ask about their progress and are a constant source of encouragement.

If you would like to donate to their fundraising efforts go to Stadium Stomp Adelaide.

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