GRAB your pals, pram or pooch and push yourself to take 10,000 steps a day in February, helping young local mums take some small steps of their own.
The Hobart City Mission’s annual fundraising campaign, the Great Southern Pram Push (to be held from 11-24 February), raises vital funds for the Small Steps live-in support program for young mothers and their babies.
Pram Push participants obtain sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues and then hit the pavement, racking up thousands of steps and keeping track of their daily totals via the event’s website.
“We will be holding a number of walking meet-ups during the fortnight to help participants meet other local participants and to create a great sense of community,” Hobart City Mission marketing and communications coordinator Anita Wheeler said.
“Even though it is something so simple, it will make a huge impact to the lives of these young mums.”
Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley is committed to the cause, challenging DJ Motors executive director James Johns, TasCOSS chief executive officer Kym Goodes and Department of Communities Tasmania secretary Ginna Webster to join him to walk to the top of Mount Wellington on 1 March.
The walk will be followed by a community barbecue at Montrose Park to celebrate their efforts.
“I am excited to take the challenge and show my commitment to the Small Steps program,” Mr Stubley said.
“I invite everyone to join me on this challenge, and to register for the Great Southern Pram Push today.”
Aimed at mothers aged under 25 who lack appropriate accommodation or a supportive environment, Small Steps (www.hobartcitymission.org.au/small-steps) has 11 self-contained apartments where mums can live for up to two years while honing their life and parenting skills.
The program has helped more than 50 local mums transition to independent living since starting in 2014.
But it receives no ongoing government funding, only able to operate thanks to donations from the community.
For more information or to register for the Great Southern Pram Push, visit www.greatsouthernprampush.com.au.
Caption: Participants at the 2018 Great Southern Pram Push.