A Wamberal family is taking part in this year’s STEPtember event to raise awareness and funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in memory of their son and brother Edward Davenport, who died from the disease when he was five-years-old.
Parents Joanne and Michael and sisters Sarah and Kimberly have named their team the ‘Wud’s Walkers’ in memory of Edward’s childhood nickname. “Cerebral palsy affects thousands of Australian families just like ours,” Sarah said. “By taking part in STEPtember, we hope to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and the personal experiences and struggles that many families go through. “People take their ability to do everyday things for granted. “By walking 10,000 steps a day for the month of September, we are hoping to raise awareness that life is precious and the little things we take for granted each day, someone with cerebral palsy may not be able to achieve without therapy and assistance,” Sarah said. STEPtember participants form teams of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from September 3-30 They wear pedometers and log their daily activity online. More than 40 activities can also be converted into steps including cycling, rowing, surfing and going to the gym. The funds participants raise help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide equipment and therapy for kids in need. “We know from personal experience that any financial assistance goes a long way in assisting with the purchase of equipment and therapy which is vital for children with cerebral palsy,” Joanne said. “In addition to the health and fitness benefits of taking part, we will get great satisfaction from knowing the money we raise will help kids with cerebral palsy receive the therapy and services they need to live life to the full.”
Aug 26 2014
Jennifer Durante, Cerebral