Media/Count us in! Goodman steps up for Steptember 2016

Count us in! Goodman steps up for Steptember 2016

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Goodman is pleased to announce that the Goodman Foundation (“Foundation”) is the exclusive global partner for Steptember 2016, the major fundraising initiative of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The new partnership builds on the Foundation’s ongoing global support of Steptember since 2014 and is being promoted as “Count Us In”, an inclusive and engaging campaign created to encourage Goodman’s employees and business partners, such as customers, agents and suppliers to make a meaningful difference. Count Us In encourages participation in Steptember, with a number of events and activities planned in the lead up to the event that support awareness, recruitment and fundraising.

Now in its sixth year, Steptember is a 28 day event focused on increasing daily activity levels and attracts participants from Australia, across the Asia Pacific region, to Europe and the United States. Teams of four people are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps (or equivalent activity) each day throughout September to help improve health and wellbeing, while raising funds and awareness of cerebral palsy.

Greg Goodman, Goodman Group CEO and a director of the Goodman Foundation said, “The Goodman Foundation is very proud to be the exclusive global partner of Steptember 2016. We have supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance since 2003 through various initiatives and are delighted that our new partnership will help take Steptember to the next level. I invite other corporates, together with small businesses and clubs, to make Steptember their wellness and charity event for the year. It’s a fun event that everyone can participate in, while providing valuable support for such a great cause.”

Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common physical disability in childhood. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy. Steptember raises money to help kids and adults living with cerebral palsy lead the most fulfilling, independent and inclusive life possible. Cerebral Palsy Alliance does this by working with individuals and families to maximise their participation in the community and ensure people with cerebral palsy have access to high quality and innovative services and therapies.

Rob White, CEO, Cerebral Palsy Alliance said, “I would like to personally recognise and thank Goodman for their long standing support and contribution to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Steptember. Our partnership with Goodman began some 13 years ago, and I am delighted to have Goodman’s support this year as exclusive global partner for Steptember 2016. Over the years Goodman have been instrumental in helping us raise vital funds to support our mission to build better futures for individuals living with disability:”

More than A$20 million has been raised around the world since the first Steptember event in 2010. Significantly, almost half of the total funds raised to date have come from Australia and Steptember has grown to become Australia’s leading charity health and wellness event.

With employees from more than 1,800 organisations globally expected to participate in 2016, this year’s event will be the biggest yet and a goal to raise A$5 million has been set. Funds raised will go towards providing vital equipment, therapy and services to children and adults living with cerebral palsy or help fund ground-breaking research into the prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure for cerebral palsy.

So why not register your team today on www.steptember.org.au?

In the lead up to Steptember, Goodman will be undertaking a number of fundraising activities around the world for this great cause, so watch this space and look for opportunities to get involved and show your support.

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For further information, please contact:

Mathew Werner Goodman – Group Corporate Communications Manager

Tel: +61 2 9230 7159

Email: Mathew.werner@goodman.com

Claire Day Cerebral Palsy Alliance – Head of Communications

Tel: + 61 2 9975 8913

Email: cday@cerebralpalsy.org.au

About Goodman Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited and Goodman Industrial Trust, is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist investment managers of industrial property and business space globally. Goodman’s global property expertise, integrated own+develop+manage customer service offering and significant investment management platform ensures it creates innovative property solutions that meet the individual requirements of its customers, while seeking to deliver sustainable long-term returns for its Partners.

For more information: www.goodman.com

About Cerebral Palsy Alliance Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an organisation that provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. Our services range from early intervention services for babies, school and mentoring programs for teens to work programs for adults. We respond to the changing needs of our clients based on the latest research, technology and therapies. To ensure people with cerebral palsy have access to high quality and innovative services and programs, Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides professional development and training for employees within the disability sector. We also fund important cerebral palsy research in Australia and overseas through our Research Foundation. Cerebral Palsy Alliance operates from 55 sites throughout metropolitan, regional and rural NSW and the ACT.

For more information: www.cerebralpalsy.org.au

For more information about Steptember: www.steptember.org.au

Released on 24 May 2016