Lumify and STEPtember

In 2023, STEPtember partners will engage an active community of over 2,000 organisations and over 120,000 participants across Australia. Lumify is one of these organisations.

STEPtember’s campaign showcases partner support for the 1 in 5 Australians living with disability, while demonstrating a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion across workplaces.

The cause

Did you know that every 20 hours, an Australian child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy? Taking on the STEPTember challenge and raising funds help with life-changing research, treatment, services and technologies to help people with cerebral palsy live their best lives.

Considered the most common physical disability in childhood, cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. It directly affects a person's movement and posture for life.

STEPtember participants are passionate about being healthy, building a more inclusive world and making a life-changing impact for people living with cerebral palsy.

In 2005, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance established a Research Foundation to secure funding for cerebral palsy research in Australia and internationally.

Today, cerebral palsy research priorities include early diagnosis and intervention, epidemiology, technology and regenerative medicine.

Ever since the Foundation was established, the rate of cerebral palsy in Australia has decreased by an inspiring 40%. This, along with other research achievements, has been made possible thanks to the support from our amazing fundraisers and donors.

On the 4th of August 2023, Lumify will have some members of the STEPtember team over for Lunch & Learn. They will be talking about STEPtember and the amazing impact of partner organisations on someone’s life. Nic Esposito, one of the amazing STEPtember ambassadors, will talk about his lived experience and answer any questions about him or his disability.

STEPtember supports various initiatives, helping people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives from:

STEPtember supports various initiatives, helping people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives from:

  • Babies at risk - Detecting babies at risk of cerebral palsy and providing early intervention therapies during their critical early days of development.

  • Essential Research - Early detection and diagnosis of cerebral palsy, regenerative medicine, epidemiology, innovative mobility and communication technologies.

  • Women in STEM - CPA’s research has contributed to a 40% reduction in birth rates of CP. But this needs to continue to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure CP.

  • Assistive Technology - Life-changing technology and devices like eye gaze technology helps people with cerebral palsy to communicate.

  • Youth Programs - Programs that empower teenagers and young adults living with a disability to take on new challenges and live their best life possible.

  • Remarkable - A startup accelerator committed to developing tech startups that amplify human potential and reduce barriers for people with disability.

The STEPtember challenge

The STEPtember community comprises more than 124,000 Australians STEPping it up to help improve the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy.

STEPtember is a fun and inclusive virtual challenge that encourages you to STEP UP - any way you want - from 1-30 September. Register your interest here.

Take on the challenge your way – with over 40 activities: walking, swimming, riding, dancing or spinning your way to 10,000 steps per day in September. Do it on your morning stroll to get coffee, walk the dog, commute to the office, or during your weekly trip up and down the grocery aisles.

How can you participate in STEPtember?

  1. Sign up - Register as a solo stepper, or form a team with three people (family, friends, or workmates)! You can come up with a team name, with ideas for funny STEPtember team names here.

  2. Fundraise - Share about your progress and invite people to donate to STEPtember on social media. The STEPtember team will also share tips and tricks to guarantee a memorable fundraising experience.

  3. Step - Move your way to 10,000 steps per day throughout the month for people living with cerebral palsy. Use the STEPTember pedometer app to track your steps.

For details on STEPtember and Lumify, email [email protected].