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Manly Seabirds soar as cheerleaders step up for kids with cerebral palsy

Cheerleaders take on challenge of 10,000 steps a day and urge other NRL cheerleaders to join them

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SYDNEY, 28 AUGUST 2014 – As the race to the NRL finals series hots up, the action on the sidelines looks set to step up a gear in support of children with cerebral palsy.

The Manly Seabirds – better known for their colourful and energetic sideline support of premiership hopefuls the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles – have signed up en-masse to the STEPtember challenge.

Seabirds Director Monique Carroll says every single member of the squad was looking forward to the challenge of doing 10,000 steps a day throughout the finals series.

‘Being a professional sports team, all our girls are extremely active and fit, but doing 10,000 steps a day, every single day for an entire month, will take strength, stamina and determination’, Monique said.

‘But it’s nothing compared to the stamina and determination shown by children with cerebral palsy to undertake everyday activities that the rest of us take for granted, like walking, communicating and interacting with their family and friends.

‘The entire Seabirds squad is looking forward to taking part in STEPtember to make a real 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, rugby league and you guessed it, dancing!

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.

The Seabirds jumped at the chance to join the STEPtember action following the Sea Eagles’ round 21 charity match in support of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. At the conclusion of that match, Matt Ballin was awarded the inaugural ‘STEPtember Players Shield’ for covering most distance in the game.

‘When the Seabirds cheer on Manly during the finals series, we will also be clocking up our 10,000 steps a day in support of kids with cerebral palsy’, Monique said. ‘And it will be interesting to see which of the Seabirds is most active during each 80 minute game!

‘We’d love nothing more than other NRL cheerleading teams to join us in the STEPtember challenge, and ensure their final cheers for the season really make a difference to children in need.’

To sign up a team or support the Manly Seabirds go to www.steptember.org.au

Released on 26 Aug 2014