Little girl from western Sydney rallies people across five countries to step up to help kids with cerebral palsy
Pippa’s smile and even bigger heart inspire en masse global registrations for STEPtember
DEAN PARK, WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST 2014 – Little Pippa may only be four years old, but she is already proving to have international star quality!
The Dean Park girl has cerebral palsy and is the face of the Aussie-inspired STEPtember campaign where participants each do 10,000 steps a day for an entire month.
With Pippa’s help, the home-grown STEPtember campaign has expanded across the United States, Canada, the UK, The Netherlands and Turkey. With still two weeks until STEPtember starts, registrations are pouring in.
Pippa’s mum Jo says her little girl’s determination and positive outlook on life are infectious.
‘Pippa and her twin sister were born nine weeks early’, Jo said. ‘When Pippa was seven days old she was placed on life support and we were told she may not recover. That’s when we discovered Pippa’s fighting spirit, as she turned the corner and we brought her home two months later.
‘Pippa was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has undergone regular therapy to enable to her to walk using a frame and interact with her sister and pre-school friends. Despite the daily challenges she faces, you hardly ever see her without that gorgeous smile.’
Pippa’s smiling face has been shared around the world for the STEPtember campaign. She’s also having a massive impact closer to home, with the entire teaching staff of Oakville Preschool where she attends signing up to the challenge.
‘I saw an advertisement online for STEPtember and realised the gorgeous little girl smiling at me was our own Pippa’, says pre-school teacher Melissa Malcolm. ‘We see how much effort and determination Pippa puts into living life to the fullest, so we didn’t hesitate to register for STEPtember and put our own physical stamina to the test. Every single staff member has signed up – we’ll certainly be the fittest pre-school in Sydney by the time the month-long campaign finishes!’
STEPtember participants form teams of four and each aim to do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. More than 40 activities can be converted into steps including cycling, rowing and going to the gym. Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital therapy, research and equipment.
To sign up a team or to support the Oakville Preschool teams “Oakville Girls!”, “Oakville Preschool” and “Pippa’s Story” go to www.steptember.org.au
Attention editors: Pippa and the entire staff of Oakville Preschool will be available for a photo at 10am on Friday 15 August at Oakville Preschool, 82 Midson Rd Oakville.
Media Contact: Jennifer Durante – Media Manager – (02) 9975 8758 / 0419 802 602
Released on 13 Aug 2014