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Little Adelaide boy rallies entire hockey club to step up to help other kids with cerebral palsy

Caden’s smile and even bigger heart inspires en masse SA registrations for STEPtember challenge

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ADELAIDE,  AUGUST 2014 – Little Caden may only be four years old, but his star quality and infectious personality are already proving to be powerful inspiration for Adelaide residents to take action to change lives.

The Campbelltown pre-schooler has cerebral palsy which affects his balance, gait and muscle tone. He undergoes regular therapy to enable him to walk, and is a passionate sideline supporter for the North East Hockey Club based at Golden Grove in Adelaide’s outer suburbs.

Caden is already learning to swing a hockey stick, and it is this love of sport and determination to succeed which have inspired more than 60 players and supporters from North East Hockey Club to sign up for the STEPtember challenge.

Under the name ‘Caden’s Crusaders’, participants will each aim to do 10,000 steps a day for an entire month as well as raise money for cerebral palsy research, equipment and therapy.

‘Caden’s parents Andrea and Terry both play with our club and he has virtually grown up on the sidelines cheering us on’, said Holly Evans from North East Hockey Club. ‘We all admired Caden’s determination in learning to walk, and now watch him learning to swing a hockey stick, so when I asked who might want to join me on the STEPtember challenge to raise money to support kids just like Caden I was inundated!

‘The club has rallied en masse with players from the women’s, men’s and junior divisions signing up. We’re now looking forward to getting active and really making a difference to these kids’ lives.’

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 cycling, rowing, surfing and of course, hockey! Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide research and vital equipment and therapy for kids in need.

The sports lover that he is, Caden will also be taking part and getting active when he can to help his teams clock up their STEPtember steps.

‘I have no doubt that Caden will be leading by example and setting a pace for the rest of us to keep up with’, Holly said. ‘We have such a wonderful and supportive community, and it would be great to see other Adelaide residents also rallying to also take part in STEPtember’, she said.

To sign up a team, or to support ‘Caden’s Crusaders’, go to www.steptember.org.au

Attention editors: Caden, his family and players from the North East Hockey Club are available for interview and vision/photos. Please contact Holly Evans from North East Hockey Club on 0421765004or Caden’s mum Andrea on 0409 698 419.

Released on 19 Aug 2014