Stepping up for cerebral palsy

— 2 min read

Did you know that cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood?

Every 15 hours, an Australian child is born with this life-long physical disability which affects movement and posture1. There is currently no known cure for cerebral palsy, but there are many ways to help!

DPM decided to make every step count last month by joining the Steptember Challenge to raise incredibly important funds to support Australians living with cerebral palsy.

The challenge? Take 10,000 (or more) steps each day, for 28 days straight.

Armed with our Steptember pedometers, teams of 4 were formed and friends and family were invited to sponsor and follow our progress.

As added incentive, DPM ran an internal competition, rewarding the team that took the most collective steps for the month. An amazing 22 teams registered which is 56% of all DPM employees !

It was a fiercely contended battle but ‘Team A-Counting’ from our Sydney office took out the title, racking up a combined 1,895,700 steps which is an incredible effort!

As an organisation, we:

  • Logged 17,164,292 steps
  • Covered 13,079 kms (equivalent to a trip from Melbourne to Las Vegas!)
  • Raised an incredible $8,585.30 which will help provide specialised equipment for kids in need to do basic, everyday things we take for granted, like standing up or moving around

The Steptember challenge is a great initiative which promotes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle whilst raising vital funds and awareness for this worthwhile cause.

To read more about how you can get involved and show your support, for now or next year’s Steptember challenge, visit the Steptember website.

Source:
1. https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/what-is-cerebral-palsy/facts-about-cerebral-palsy/

Authors

Liz Faustin