‘Get on ya bike’ – the message from leading researchers as they cycle up smoothies to support kids with cerebral palsy
Top minds in cerebral palsy research swap lab coats for bikes in ‘smoothie’ fundraiser
ALLAMBIE HEIGHTS, 1 SEPTEMBER 2014 – They’re arguably the world’s top minds in cerebral palsy research. But for one morning at least, they are swapping their lab coats for bikes as they spin up smoothies to raise money to support children with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Research Institute is taking part in the month-long activity campaign STEPtember where people do 10,000 steps a day for a month and raise money for therapy, equipment and research into the condition.
To launch their fundraising drive, the researchers are getting active and giving Cerebral Palsy Alliance staff and families the chance to cycle for a smoothie for their Monday morning breakfast.
They have brought in specially designed bikes which have smoothie machines attached to them, which work by good old fashioned pedal power.
‘The idea is simple – get on a bike, cycle your hardest and see your efforts result in a wholesome and very tasty smoothie for breakfast’, said Professor Nadia Badawi AM, the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy.
‘What better way to celebrate the start of Spring than by combining exercise and fundraising for a great cause. Money raised through STEPtember will enable us to continue our vital research and move closer to finding a prevention and cure for cerebral palsy.’
STEPtember participants form teams of four and each 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 rowing, rugby league and you guessed it, cycling!
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.
‘We even have Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s CEO Rob White on standby to get active and cycle up a storm’, Professor Badawi said. ‘The staff member who bids the highest amount will be able to sit back and relax while Rob works up a sweat cycling up their breakfast smoothie! ‘
Attention editors: Professor Nadia Badawi AM and the Research Institute team will be available for photos as they cycle up smoothies between 8:30am-9:30am on Monday 1st September at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, 189 Allambie Road Allambie Heights.
Released on 1 Sep 2014