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Family affair as mum and daughters from Canterbury step up to help kids with cerebral palsy

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CANTERBURY, FRIDAY 15 AUGUST – In a great example of girl power, a Canterbury mum and her two daughters are getting active to change lives.

Deborah Smith and her daughters Nell (12) and Grace (9) are taking on the month-long activity challenge STEPtember. They will aim to each do 10,000 steps a day and raise money to help provide therapy and equipment for kids with cerebral palsy.

It was 12-year-old Nell who came up with the idea to do STEPtember and support children with cerebral palsy.

‘I just wanted to be able to do something to make children with cerebral palsy happy’, Nell said. ‘There is a girl at my high school who uses a walker as she has a disability affecting her legs, so this is a way I can show my support.’

Nell rallied her younger sister Grace and her mum Deborah to join her on the STEPtember challenge under the team ‘DNG’.

STEPtember participants each aim to do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. 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.

Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for kids in need, as well as research into cerebral palsy prevention and cure.

Nell and Grace are hoping to get their school friends involved in the STEPtember campaign. They’d love the Canterbury community to also step up and register to take part.

‘We have such a wonderful and supportive local community, and it would be great to see everyone following Nell’s lead and rallying to take part in STEPtember’, mum Deborah said.

‘I am really proud of both my girls for thinking of others and taking action to help a great cause. I’m also looking forward to us doing some fun family fitness activities to get our daily step count up.’

To sign up a team or support Nell, Grace and Deborah’s team ‘DNG’, go to

The family is available for photos and a chat. Contact Deborah on 0417 483 138

Released on 15 Aug 2014