Pop star Stan Walker stuns schoolkids
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.
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$370,000. STEPtember has raise more than