Young snowboard superstar sets his sights on seven mountains to help other kids with cerebral palsy
14-year-old Ben Tudhope asks fellow Aussies to join him in STEPtember challenge
SYDNEY, THURSDAY 31 JULY 2014 – He stole the hearts of the world’s media when he carried the Australian Flag at the Closing Ceremony at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
Now 14-year-old snowboarder Ben Tudhope is hoping to inspire his fellow Australians to join him in climbing not one, but seven virtual mountains, as he embarks on the STEPtember challenge to raise money for children and adults with cerebral palsy.
14-year-old Ben is Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s STEPtember challenge. Participants form teams of four and aim to do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. They log their daily activity online to move their team up seven virtual mountains. The goal is to reach all seven peaks by the end of the month. Teams also fundraise to support therapy, services and research into cerebral palsy.
Ben says STEPtember is a great way for Australians of all ages and activity levels to get fit and healthy, and at the same time help children and adults with cerebral palsy.
‘I began receiving services from Cerebral Palsy Alliance when I was just one’, Ben said. ‘I know how important things like ongoing physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy are to kids and adults with cerebral palsy.
‘I wouldn’t be where I am today without this long-term therapy and support, so I’m delighted to be the Ambassador for STEPtember. It will be a lot of fun, and I encourage everyone to grab some friends and sign up today.’
Participants 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.
Gold-medal winning Olympian Kerri Pottharst is the Health & Wellness Ambassador for STEPtember and will be providing healthy eating and living tips for participants throughout the four week event.
‘This is a great campaign as it encourages everyone to make an effort to get active and maintain that level of activity for an entire month’, Kerri said. ‘Hopefully the healthy lifestyle habits learned during STEPtember will continue long after the challenge finishes, which will be great for long-term health.’
STEPtember is an Aussie-inspired campaign which is now also being held in the US, Canada, the UK, The Netherlands and Turkey. Teams can register now at www.steptember.org.au
Released on 31 Jul 2014