Pop star Stan Walker stuns schoolkids

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Ben Styles couldn’t con­tain his grin when got a glimpse of Stan Walker.

The year old had been wait­ing pa­tiently in his wheel­chair for a chance to meet the pop star who made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at Carl­son School in Mt Eden on Septem­ber 8.

Around him were 60 stu­dents, all with a form of cere­bral palsy and other re­lated con­di­tions.

Cere­bral palsy is the most com­mon phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity in Kiwi kids with one child ev­ery two days be­ing born with the con­di­tion.

For Stan Walker, cere­bral palsy is some­thing that has been close to his heart through his cousin An­drew.

‘‘For me grow­ing up it was nor­mal, I didn’t see it as any­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ Walker says.

‘‘I give it up for the par­ents and fam­i­lies who have to ded­i­cate their lives to nur­tur­ing their chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.’’

The mu­si­cian has teamed up with nu­tri­tion­ist Lee-Anne Wann as am­bas­sadors for the Cere­bral Palsy So­ci­ety’s STEPtem­ber chal­lenge.

This month, Ki­wis are be­ing chal­lenged to take 10,000 steps ev­ery day to help raise funds and aware­ness for peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

Wann says she’s ex­cited to see 9 peo­ple take up the chal­lenge and spend a month fo­cus­ing on get­ting ac­tive.

‘‘Once peo­ple start they re­alise how quickly they feel bet­ter,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s com­pe­ti­tion but also ac­knowl­edg­ing they are do­ing some­thing for them­selves.’’

Both Walker and Wann at­tended a STEPtem­ber fair held at Carl­son School - a spe­cial school for stu­dents with cere­bral palsy and re­lated phys­i­cal and neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders.

The stu­dents were treated to en­ter­tain­ment, face paint­ing, food vis­its from fire­fight­ers and games.

Sport ad­vi­sors from the Hal­berg Dis­abil­ity Sport Foun­da­tion were also on hand at the fair run­ning dis­abil­ity sports such as poly­bat, ta­ble cricket and boc­cia.

Wann was in­volved with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties while Walker spent time help­ing with the mu­sic ther­apy.

‘‘It’s been fun and that’s what life should be for these kids … they have enough chal­lenges,’’ Wann says.

So far man­aged to

$370,000. STEPtem­ber has raise more than

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