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Raise money for research by entering a team in our annual fundraising event – Steptember.

Find out how you can join our steppers around the world who have already raised more than $5.2 million for cerebral palsy research.

Steptember is an annual fundraising event held throughout the world to raise vital funds for cerebral palsy research and services.

Steptember is a pedometre based activity where teams of four people track their daily steps or other fitness activity (e.g. swimming, cycling, yoga, bowls – there are more than 40 activities to choose).

You and your team mates then record your steps at www.steptember.org.au or via a mobile phone.

Teams raise money by organising sponsorship from personal networks and/or through organising their own Steptember events.

Researchers whipped up delicious fruit smoothies at their ‘Bike and Blend’ fruit stand to raise funds for research.

Walking The Talk … Researchers Step Up for Cerebral Palsy

‘Steptember is a fundraising activity that resonates with us as researchers because we both personally know what it’s like to work on projects with limited funding support.’

Cathy Morgan and Dr Margaret Wallen

Researchers Cathy Morgan and Margaret Wallen were among the many thousands of CP supporters to put aside some of their regular daily tasks in favour of donning tracksuits and sneakers to notch up their daily quota of 10,000 steps for Steptember 2014.

As Research Fellows at the Research Institute of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, both Cathy and Margaret are involved in research projects that also rely on the generosity of supporters.

Cathy is completing her doctoral study on early detection and motor outcomes for babies at high risk of cerebral palsy.She also coordinated the development of an international network of researchers who met in July at the 3rd International CP Summit in Vienna.


Margaret is developing an online resource of current research into interventions for children with cerebral palsy. The online resource will be invaluable for families, clinicians and service providers. She is also collaborating with Australian researchers on a randomised trial to evaluate the outcomes of splinting and a study which examines the relationship.

Together, they have more than 25 years’ experience in cerebral palsy research, and are aware of the impact that funding shortfalls can have on the success or completion of a project.

‘It’s great to see cerebral palsy research is receiving the investment it needs through activities like Steptember because it gives researchers a chance to continue their work to find the best ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cerebral palsy’.

Dr Margaret Wallen