For people living with cerebral palsy.
Taking 10,000 steps a day is one heck of a challenge! But every step will be made easier knowing it's all for a very worthy cause. Every dollar I raise will provide vital equipment, therapy and services to children and adults living with cerebral palsy as well as further research and innovative technology. Please help me support this great cause!
Day 11Sunday 11th Sep
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Day 9Sunday 11th Sep
I resumed walking to my favourite spot at Merewether Beach. The sunset (and moonrise) was wonderous!
I know that if she could join me on my walk, Erin would love reconnecting with this part of Newcastle.
In 1997, Erin performed in Chronicles of Estenclaw (Estenclaw is an anagram of Newcastle). It was a fantasy about three tribes who inhabit the city of Estenclaw. The play explored issues of race and what it means to belong and what does "home" actually mean? At its centre was his deep commitment to notions of fairness and equity and the celebration of diversity that comes with a strong tolerant and multicultural society. The cast of 60, aged 7 to 18 years participated in a workshop process which shaped and formed the script.
It was so moving to see the play given what belonging and diversity means to Erin.
Day 8Sunday 11th Sep
Day 7Sunday 11th Sep
Today I walked to the University of Newcastle to volunteer at the Legal Centre.
Isn't this an awesome space.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, from the University's School of Humanities and Social Science explores how social media, eHealth records, and health informatics solutions can help people to participate in their own healthcare, and in an online society.
Hemsley is currently leading a joint research project investigating Twitter as a way of communicating to help people who have experienced cerebral palsy and other disabilities to get their message across.
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Day 2Monday 5th Sep
Making a StartFriday 2nd Sep
I made a start with a walk from Home to Cooks Hill Surf Club, over the hill to Dixon Park and down the hill to Merewether Baths...and back. I expected the hill would break me since it must be at least six months since I walked it, but I was stronger than I thought. A month with a new puppy (Rohan) in the house has certainly increased my activity levels!!!
When Helena comes out of covid isolation, she'll be joining me for our walks. Likewise, when Rohan has his immunisations, he'll be joining us too. Look out for photos of us walking together when we can get out as a team.
I thank you for your generous Steptember donations to support the life changing work of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
I Step for ErinWednesday 31st Aug
My mum mustered her courage and returned with baby Erin to our home.
As Erin grew, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance helped Erin with the rigidity in her body, chronic pain, seizures and frustration. They were there for Erin with early intervention, physio, speech therapy, education and the compassion and hope necessary to replenish her courage.
We hosted birthday parties with friends Erin met through the Cerebral Palsy Alliance; cheeky, humorous, zestful, courageous friends.
The start the Cerebral Palsy Alliance gave Erin put her on the path to independent movement with a walking frame, community theatre and completing her High School Certificate. At Erin's graduation ceremony, the whole school community stood to applaud her courage.
20 years later, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance is doing things we never thought possible. They are not only treating cerebral palsy, but are preventing it and courageously looking for a cure.
The ground-breaking work of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation has discovered that giving magnesium sulphate to mothers at high risk of pre-term birth can help protect babies from the brain injury that leads to cerebral palsy. Thought activated robotic exoskeletons are being developed to move limbs affected by cerebral palsy. What once sounded like science fiction, is now emerging technology.
Please give what you can to help me raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Together we can help them continue their life changing research and supporting courageous people like Erin.
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