Join ‘Steptember’ virtual race

Record-breaking para-athlete Charne Felix will join the virtual Steps race this weekend. Picture: Steps.org.za

Steps Clubfoot Care, a
non-profit organisation
based in Cape Town that
improves the lives of children
born with clubfoot, has partnered with JEFF Fitness in a
virtual race for “Steptember”. 

Traditionally, Steps runs
fund-raising events every September, but the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a need
for innovative strategies for
many non-profit organisations
and technology has become
an unexpected conduit. 
Says Karen Moss, chief
executive officer of Steps: “We
are so honoured to be partnering with Johno Meintjies,
the founder of JEFF Fitness. 
We usually did 10 000 steps
for Steptember events to raise
much-needed funds to fund
our clinics and they’ve literally ‘stepped’ in this year
to partner with us on a virtual
run that is beyond our wildest
imagination.” 
Clubfoot is the most common musculoskeletal birth
defect globally. However,
unlike many other birth
defects, clubfoot is treatable.
The virtual run will take
place on Saturday September
19 at 8am with a pre-race
build-up from 7:30am. 
The JEFF events page is live
and participants can register
and then donate to Steps if
they have the funds to do so.
Donations start at R50.
Joining the event are record-breaking Para-athlete
Charne Felix and actor Thato
Molamu. 
Felix has been a Steps
ambassador since 2019 and
was born with right foot congenital clubfoot. 
“I support
Steps because I grew up
with the stigma of shame. I
believe by supporting this
organisation I am able to prevent any child or parent from
feeling that exact same shame,
while imparting some form of
knowledge/awareness regarding clubfoot,” says Felix. 
“I
want to shine a light for those
who don’t have the financial
means I had with regard to
rehabilitation at Steps clinics.”
Register for the race here. To donate click here.