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Count us in! Goodman steps up for Steptember 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Goodman is pleased to announce that the Goodman Foundation (“Foundation”) is the exclusive global partner for Steptember 2016, the major fundraising initiative of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The new partnership builds on the Foundation’s ongoing global support of Steptember since 2014 and is being promoted as “Count Us In”, an inclusive and engaging campaign created to encourage Goodman’s employees and business partners, such as customers, agents and suppliers to make a meaningful difference. Count Us In encourages participation in Steptember, with a number of events and activities planned in the lead up to the event that support awarenesss, recruitment and fundraising.

Now in its sixth year, Steptember is a 28 day event focused on increasing daily activity levels and attracts participants from Australia, across the Asia Pacific region, to Europe and the United States. Teams of four people are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps (or equivalent activity) each day throughout September to help improve health and wellbeing, while raising funds and awareness of cerebral palsy.

Greg Goodman, Goodman Group CEO and a director of the Goodman Foundation said, “The Goodman Foundation is very proud to be the exclusive global partner of Steptember 2016. We have supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance since 2003 through various initiatives and are delighted that our new partnership will help take Steptember to the next level. I invite other corporates, together with small businesses and clubs, to make Steptember their wellness and charity event for the year. It’s a fun event that everyone can participate in, while providing valuable support for such a great cause.”

Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common physical disability in childhood. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy. Steptember raises money to help kids and adults living with cerebral palsy lead the most fulfilling, independent and inclusive life possible. Cerebral Palsy Alliance does this by working with individuals and families to maximise their participation in the community and ensure people with cerebral palsy have access to high quality and innovative services and therapies.

Rob White, CEO, Cerebral Palsy Alliance said, “I would like to personally recognise and thank Goodman for their long standing support and contribution to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Steptember. Our partnership with Goodman began some 13 years ago, and I am delighted to have Goodman’s support this year as exclusive global partner for Steptember 2016. Over the years Goodman have been instrumental in helping us raise vital funds to support our mission to build better futures for individuals living with disability:”

More than A$20 million has been raised around the world since the first Steptember event in 2010. Significantly, almost half of the total funds raised to date have come from Australia and Steptember has grown to become Australia’s leading charity health and wellness event.

With employees from more than 1,800 organisations globally expected to participate in 2016, this year’s event will be the biggest yet and a goal to raise A$5 million has been set. Funds raised will go towards providing vital equipment, therapy and services to children and adults living with cerebral palsy or help fund ground-breaking research into the prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure for cerebral palsy. So why not register your team today?

In the lead up to Steptember, Goodman will be undertaking a number of fundraising activities around the world for this great cause, so watch this space and look for opportunities to get involved and show your support.

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For further information, please contact:

Mathew Werner
Goodman – Group Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +61 2 9230 7159 Email: Mathew.werner@goodman.com

Claire Day
Cerebral Palsy Alliance – Head of Communications
Tel: + 61 2 9975 8913 Email: cday@cerebralpalsy.org.au