Every 15 hours, a child somewhere around the world is born with Cerebral Palsy. This physical disability affects movement and posture, and is permanent and life-long. It is the most common physical disability in childhood, and it is caused by damage to the developing brain either during or shortly after birth. When my cousin Tahnee asked me if I wanted to participate in “Steptember” to raise money for Cerebral Palsy with her, I simply couldn’t refuse.
Steptember is a health and wellness initiative that was created by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. It was designed to improve the fitness of participants, whilst simultaneously having a positive impact on the lives of people living with Cerebral Palsy, and their families. Our team of four, Tahnee, Alan (Tahnee’s boyfriend), Pat and myself, have been walking 10,000 steps every day for the whole month of September (tracked by wearing pedometers). We are aiming to raise at least $1000 in donations by the end of the month. We have just reached the halfway point, and have already raised over $600! Amazing, right? We have some extremely generous friends and family members. To enhance our fundraising, Tahnee and I decided to hold a cake stall this past Saturday at our tennis club, which went amazingly well!
I’m fairly sure I spent a solid 6-7 hours in my kitchen on Friday night, and then another 3 hours on Saturday morning icing the crazy amount of cupcakes I made. Tahnee spent Thursday evening and all day Friday on her baking, and she also managed to find time to make little signs for all of our yummy treats. Between us we had around 20 options for people to choose from – we really should have grabbed a second table so that we could display everything! Special thanks to my sister Nicole for her Mars Bar slice contribution, and to my aunt Louise for her Jaffa Slice. Delicious!
When we arrived to set up our stall, we started freaking out at how much we had made. I was honestly fearful that we weren’t going to sell everything! But, after cleverly constructing some “deals”, things started to move along quite nicely. It helps too when your whole family is on your tennis team – we received so much help with watching the table and selling our treats while Tahnee and I were on the court. By the end of the day, we were down to one small tray of cupcakes, so I’d say that we were very successful! We managed to raise $463.00 in total for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and we are absolutely thrilled.
Baking is something that I absolutely love to do, and I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty good at it! My Red Velvet Cupcakes have developed quite a reputation for themselves, so keep your eyes peeled for my perfected recipe in the near future. I’m so glad we made the decision to participate in something so wonderful. Big thanks once again to my wonderful family for helping out, but most of all to Tahnee for being the brains behind this whole operation.
You can sponsor our team, 8 Happy Feet, here. Donations over $2 are tax deductable. Any amount, big or small, will make a huge difference to the lives of Cerebral Palsy sufferers and their families.