Media/Generosity of iconic Aussie fundraisers helps ACT boy with cerebral palsy leave his wheelchair and step out with his mates

Generosity of iconic Aussie fundraisers helps ACT boy with cerebral palsy leave his wheelchair and step out with his mates

10-year-old Dylan Schwarz gets new walker and takes on STEPtember activity challenge

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SPENCE, TUESDAY 12 AUGUST 2014 – 10-year-old Dylan Schwarz has cerebral palsy and usually relies on a powered wheelchair for mobility. Thanks to the generosity of local Lions Clubs, Dylan will be swapping his wheelchair for a new specially fitted walking frame and stepping out with his friends on the activity challenge STEPtember.

Dylan will tomorrow (Wednesday) be fitted with a Heavy Duty Hart Walker funded by four local Lions Clubs – Brindabella, Kambah, Lake Tuggeranong and Woden Lions Clubs. They all contributed via the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation.

Sue Bailey from Cerebral Palsy Alliance says Dylan’s new walker will enable him to really step out and keep up with his mates.

‘Dylan usually relies on a powered wheelchair to get around, but having a Hart Walker enables him to be more mobile and independent for short periods of time’, Sue said. ‘Dylan had outgrown his initial Hart Walker, which was also funded through the generosity of the same local Lions Clubs a few years ago, and as a result was unable to really leave his wheelchair.

‘This new heavy duty walker will give him back some of that much-loved mobility, and it comes just in time for him to take on the STEPtember challenge with his family and friends.’

STEPtember participants form teams of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. More than 40 activities can also be converted into steps including cycling, rowing and going to the gym. Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Beverly von Stein from the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation says there are nine local Lions Clubs, with members all driven by a desire to lend a helping hand.

‘Our organisation is built on helping others in need, and STEPtember is a perfect way for people to get active, increase their health and fitness and make a difference to others as the same time’, Beverly said. ‘As it is a campaign suitable to all ages, you could very possibly see some members of the Lions Organisation pounding the pavement during the next month or so!

‘We have such a wonderful and supportive local community and it would be great to see Canberrans rallying to take part in STEPtember.’  Teams can register now at

Attention editors: Dylan will be fitted with his new Hart Walker at 3pm tomorrow (Wednesday 13th August) at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Spence therapy centre (55 Crofts Crescent). Photos, vision and interviews will be available.

Media Contact: Jennifer Durante – Media Manager – (02) 9975 8758 / 0419 802 602

Released on 12 Aug 2014