September was the month for STEPtember, I'm proud to say I was a participant.
Did you know that Every 20 hours, an Australian child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy?
The most common physical disability in childhood, cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. It directly affects a person's movement and posture in life.
STEPtember participants are passionate about being healthy, building a more inclusive world, and making a life-changing impact for people living with cerebral palsy.
We can take the simple act of being able to walk for granted indeed!
Why do I partake in this event?
My cousin Anthony is someone living with cerebral palsy. Needing constant care he is like the older bro I never had. As a kid, I remember him visiting and having races down our hallway carpet pulling ourselves across the floor until the carpet burn appeared. My own Mum is one of his favorite people in the world. The excitement he gets even though in his 40's now knowing he'll be visiting Sydney and the rest of his family is infectious. Always hearing about it for months in advance, with never a dull moment with him, either with microphone in hand relaying the concert he had just done in Qld, or simply talking our ear off with his love of sausages.
He is a beloved member of the family and although he's had a rough trot he always has a smile on his face.
I set a goal to walk 300,000 steps through STEPtember. No matter what was on I would make the time and create a habit of walking minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Knowing that it was for a higher cause also helped me create a consistent habit for the month!
I managed to reach the Step goal yet unfortunately with the stress of moving house I actually forgot to share the fundraising page till later in the month. (doh)
I reach out to you to ask if you are in a position too, any small gift to the cause is greatly appreciated. You may even know of someone who also lives with cerebral palsy.
If you can gift, I say THANK YOU!
If you are not in a position to I understand and ask if you can share awareness about the event or I invite you to join me next year.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) wouldn't be able to help people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives, without the support from generous fundraisers and donations.
Keep on moving and grooving no matter what life throws at you.
Stay curious and remember
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw