Inspirational Wagga mums step up together in support of kids with cerebral palsy and other disabilities
WAGGA WAGGA, WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 – Motherhood often brings people together, but when three Wagga Wagga mums connected over a shared journey, they took action to change lives.
Kellie Smith, Karen Donebus and Donna-Maree Large from Wagga Wagga are all adoring mothers, but they didn’t meet at any regular mothers group.
They met at My Time – a support group for parents and carers looking after a child with a disability run by Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Wagga therapy centre. The group meets every second Tuesday from 9:30am-11:30am during term time.
The trio formed an instant bond, and teamed up with Kellie’s sister Melissa Graham to form a team ‘Special Mums of Special Kids’ for the STEPtember activity challenge.
‘Every day we see how determined our children are and as mothers we wanted to step up and show the same determination in helping other families in need’, Kellie said.
‘The Wagga My Time group has enabled us to connect, share experiences and concerns and really support each other on our journey in raising our children. Their determination and positive attitude to life is something we can all learn from and STEPtember is a chance for us to not only help others in need, but also to get fit and active.’
STEPtember sees participants form teams of four and do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September and log their daily activity online. Participants also raise much needed funds to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for kids in need.
Sisters Kellie and Melissa last weekend completed the 10km Lake to Lagoon fun run, clocking up an impressive 12,000 steps each as they pushed Kellie’s daughter Chloe in her wheelchair.
‘We’ve seen first hand how essential the therapy, services and support provided by Cerebral Palsy Alliance are when it comes to our kids progressing; and the funding is what is needed most’, said Kellie.
‘STEPtember is a great way for us to be able to give something back to the organisation which has been a lifeline for our families, and also to help other families that are on the same journey.
‘We have such a wonderful and supportive community, and it would be great to see our fellow Wagga residents rallying to support STEPtember’, Kellie said.
To support the ‘Special Mums of Special Kids’ team and donate, go to their fundraising page: https://event.steptember.org.au/donate/onbehalfof?id=d2eb5a91-f5ca-41f3-8cbc-8f7d516ce24a
Released on 17 Sep 2014