Swan Care gets into step for Cerebral Palsy awareness initiative Steptember


SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis (front, second from left) with Geraldine Garrett (co-ordinator of the Steptember initiative and manager of quality, standing seventh from left) together with SwanCare Bentley staff, all about to take part in Steptember. Picture: Marie Nirme
SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis (front, second from left) with Geraldine Garrett (co-ordinator of the Steptember initiative and manager of quality, standing seventh from left) together with SwanCare Bentley staff, all about to take part in Steptember. Picture: Marie Nirme

FOR 28 days throughout September, the team at Swan Care residential aged homes will commit to 10,000 steps a day to raise funds and awareness for Cerebral Palsy (CP).

In teams of four, more than 50 nurses, carers, cooks, laundry staff, therapy assistant and administration staff will participate in the worldwide event.

CP affects a person’s ability to move and hold a position.

It can be as mild as a weakness in one hand, ranging to affect all areas of the person’s body, which affects their ability to swallow, speak, move and sit.

Worldwide a child with CP is born two in every 1000 live births, and in WA more than 80 children are born with CP each year.

SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis said the Steptember initiative was a great way to increase fitness levels and healthy habits for staff, as well as support a great charity challenge.

“When we heard about this fundraiser, we thought it was a fun event that our team members could participate in, while also helping support a very worthwhile cause,” he said.

“Apparently taking 10,000 steps each day over the month of September is the equivalent of virtually climbing the highest peak on every continent, so we think that’s a pretty good challenge for everyone at SwanCare, and we’re a team that is always keen to support fun and meaningful initiatives in the community.”

The money raised during September will go to help kids and adults living with the condition to lead the most fulfilling, independent and inclusive lives possible.