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Perth tiny tots inspire en-masse support for Aussie children with cerebral palsy

Kidz Galore Early Learning Centres across the city step up for the STEPtember challenge

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PERTH, FRIDAY 22 AUGUST 2014 – Its mantra is to ‘make a difference one child at a time’.  Perth’s Kidz Galore Early Learning Centre network is more than living up to its motto, with staff signing up en-masse to make a difference to children across the country with cerebral palsy.

Staff members from all five Kidz Galore Centres across Perth have signed up to the STEPtember challenge and will each aim to do 10,000 steps a day for an entire month. In the process, they will raise money to provide therapy, equipment and research to assist the estimated 35,000 Australians living with cerebral palsy.

Sara-Jane Dempsey from Kidz Galore’s North Perth centre says the health and wellbeing of children is paramount to all staff, and STEPtember was a way they could get active and really make a difference.

‘Each and every day we are inspired by the tiny tots and pre-schoolers who come to our centres around Perth and so we all jumped at the chance to do something active that would help children in need’, Sara-Jane said.

‘To have staff members from all five centres signing up is just incredible, and we are looking forward to doing some fun activities to get our daily step count up. You may even see us joining in with some of the children at our centres when they bring out the skipping ropes!’

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 going to the gym.

Importantly, 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, cure and intervention.

‘Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability affecting Australian children and we are determined to step up and really make a difference to those kids’, Sara-Jane said.

‘We’d love the Perth community to rally and also step up and support STEPtember. In an added bonus, they will feel great and get fit just in time for summer.’

To sign up a team or support the ‘Kidz Galore’ teams in STEPtember, go to www.steptember.org.au

Attention editors:   Kidz Galore staff members are available for photos and interview. To organise please call Sara-Jane on 0466611589.

Released on 22 Aug 2014