ARMIDALE residents are stepping out to support children with cerebral palsy.
They’ve been affectionately dubbed the Armidale Dozen who aim to do 10,000 steps a day for STEPtember.
Mel Butler, whose 13-year-old son Shaun has received services from Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Armidale centre since he was a baby, says taking part in STEPtember is a great way to help other families have access to the same essential therapy and support services.
“Shaun is the independent and happy high school student he is today thanks to the ongoing support he has received from Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Armidale team,” she said.
“Last year Shaun required extensive therapy to enable to him to walk again after leg surgery, and he achieved his goal just four days before he began Year 7 at Duval High School. It was a difficult time for us all, and we are grateful for the support of our local Cerebral Palsy Alliance therapy team.”
Mrs Butler has joined with a nursing colleague from Armidale Private Hospital and two therapists from Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Armidale centre to form Armidale Spring Bloomers for STEPtember. Also pounding the pavement are two STEPtember teams from the office of Armidale-based company, Practical Systems.
Wendy Griffiths from Practical Systems said it created a great energy within the office.
“I’m loving the camaraderie of working together for the same purpose – to get fit, create awareness and raise some much-needed funds for a good cause,” she said.
“After reading about STEPtember, I asked around the office for three other people to join me. Everyone was so quick to sign up that we ended up registering two teams. It’s fun comparing our methods of clocking up steps, from parking the car further away, vacuuming and dancing, to walking every aisle in the supermarket. I’m also getting creative with how I walk around the office – walking a lot of figure-eights to get anywhere.”
Participants raise vital funds to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance support people living with cerebral palsy.