San staff step out for cerebral palsy

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San obstetrician Dr John Keogh and midwives Tracey Buwalda, Amanda McCamey-Must, Angela Bellingham and Nicola Stockwell recently donned colourful socks to launch their “Steptember” campaign.

Teams at Sydney Adventist Hospital are stepping out to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.

More than 100 San staff have registered for “Steptember”, an international campaign in which people are challenged to do 10,000 steps a day for 28 days, while also fundraising to support children and adults living with cerebral palsy.

“Lots of the teams are nurses who walk a lot in their jobs, however many other staff who are administrative have also got involved, taking to the streets morning and night to reach their goals,” hospital spokeswoman Leisa O’Connor said.

In the first week, San staff raised more than $A6000 and walked over 5200 km, close to 7 million steps—the equivalent of walking from Sydney to Cairns (north Queensland) and back.

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood with one child born with it every 15 hours. One in two children live with chronic pain and one in three are unable to walk.

To donate, go to steptember.org.au/donate and enter San private hospital.

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