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Support STEPtember and make a difference to a young child’s life

Photo: www.steps.org.za / Julian Goldswain

Photo: www.steps.org.za / Julian Goldswain

Published Sep 13, 2018

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A local organisation working to help children born with clubfoot has called on South Africans to join a campaign to raise funds for thousands of children to undergo life-changing surgery.

According to Luke Engel, marketing manager of non-profit organisation Steps, a child born with clubfoot needs effective, early treatment. Neglected or untreated clubfoot leads to permanent disability and is a barrier to participating fully in the economy and in society.

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“Children born with clubfoot are unable to walk, run or play due their feet being rotated inwards or downwards, or legs being unequal lengths.

“Left untreated, the child will live a life of disability and face further psychological and socio-economic burdens. But it doesn’t have to be this way; clubfoot can be treated with the highly effective and non-invasive Ponseti method,” said Engel.

Founded in 2015 in the Western Cape, Steps has ensured that thousands of children have had access to effective treatment.

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“Steps responds to a huge regional need where it is estimated that 2 000 children are born every year with clubfoot but only 8% of those children will have access to health insurance or the means to pay for treatment, said Engel.

For the month of September, Steps has launched a national “STEPtember” campaign to raise R50 000.

With the campaign on donation-based crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy, supporters are encouraged to set up their own campaigns to help the organisation.

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Visit https://form.jotformeu.com/72543433309353 to sign up for the STEPtember challenge on BackaBuddy. For more information, email [email protected]

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