Media/Willoughby Public School kids pull their socks up in support of young sibling with cerebral palsy

Willoughby Public School kids pull their socks up in support of young sibling with cerebral palsy

Student leaders organise ‘odd sock’ day to raise money for STEPtember challenge

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Five students from Willoughby Public School in odd socks
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WILLOUGHBY, THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 – It’s the daily morning angst in many a household – finding a matching pair of school socks.

But for parents of students at Willoughby Public School the last day of term will be a welcome reprieve from the daily sock hunt, as kids go out of their way to be as ‘odd’ as possible!

The Student Representative Council has organised an ‘odd sock’ day for this Friday, with all kids bringing gold coins to donate to Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s STEPtember fundraising campaign.

School mum Tanya Taylor, whose daughters are in Years 3 and 5 and whose pre-school aged son Daniel has cerebral palsy, says it’s a great initiative from the students to help make a difference to those in need.

‘The school community has rallied to support Daniel and other children with cerebral palsy, with more than 100 students, parents and teachers taking part in the STEPtember challenge’, Tanya said.

‘‘They are wearing pedometers and each doing 10,000 steps a day throughout September, and at the same time raising money for Cerebral Palsy Alliance to provide much needed therapy and equipment.

‘It is a lovely thought from the kids themselves to organise ‘odd sock’ day for the last day of term to add to the fundraising tally. They all know and love Daniel and are very enthusiastic about helping out.’

STEPtember sees participants form teams of four and do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September and log their daily activity online.

To help the kids from Willoughby Public School get their daily step count up, parents have also organised a disco for later that afternoon and night. The kids will dance and groove until their pedometers tick over to 10,000 steps.

‘The kids are really active anyway, but the disco will be a fun way to get their step count up and also celebrate the end of the school term’, Tanya said.

‘Daniel, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was a baby, will join his big sisters at Willoughby Public School next year and it is reassuring to know he will be part of such a supportive school community.’

To support Willoughby Public School teams in the STEPtember challenge, go to and search for teams under the name ‘Dan’s Champions.’

Released on 18 Sep 2014