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RICHMOND, MONDAY 25 AUGUST 2014 – He may only be 6 years old, but he is already inspiring his local community to take action to change lives.
Little Jacob Currant from Richmond has hemiplegia cerebral palsy, but having a disability hasn’t stopped him from living his life to the fullest.
Jacob’s parents Georgina and Ross run the local Baker’s Delight at Richmond Marketplace and have been beyond delighted to watch their son overcome challenges and exceed the doctors’ expectations.
‘We were originally told that Jacob may not walk or talk, but he definitely does both of those things’, Georgina said. ‘Jacob has benefitted immensely from ongoing and regular therapy and services from Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and you should have seen the smile on his face when he started school this year alongside his little friends. It was one of absolute delight!!’
The kindergarten student at Hobartville Public School is the inspiration for his family and friends registering a team called ‘Jacob’s Delight’ for the month-long activity challenge STEPtember.
Participants form a team of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September and log their daily activity online. More than 40 activities can also be converted into steps including cycling, rowing, surfing and going to the gym.
They also raise money to help the Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for thousands of children just like Jacob.
‘Cerebral Palsy Alliance does amazing work and the team is a fantastic support for families that are affected by cerebral palsy’ Georgina said. ‘It’s all about spreading the word about cerebral palsy and helping raise money for vital therapy and services which change lives.’
Jacob would love the wide Hawkesbury community to also step up and register to take part in STEPtember. It is a great excuse for people to shake off the winter blues and get active in spring.
‘When you see how far a child can come with the help of Cerebral Palsy Alliance it makes you realise just how important this support is,’ Georgina said.