TEN-year-old Mornington Primary School student Hanna Glynn was born with cerebral palsy, but that has been no obstacle to her grit and determination as she gears up for the STEPtember walk for charity.
Hannah, who wears splints on her legs, did the walk last year, and this year has signed up as an organisation so family and friends can join her in raising money and getting active. Already she has raised more than $1600, despite the walk yet to start.
Hannah said she was excited that so many people, including classmates, had decided to join her efforts, with 15 signed up so far.
“I think it will give people a good reason to get out there and be active and do something for charity at the same time,” she said.
“And I think it will help us reach our goal of $10,000.”
Mum Sarah Glynn said Hannah was never one to let obstacles get in the way of what she wants to do, and her enthusiasm for being part of STEPtember is a perfect example.
STEPtember entrants must walk 10,000 steps a day for the month, which is no easy feat for anyone.
But with her FitBit in hand and her steely manner, Glyn says Hannah has it covered.
“Her muscles tire easily, but she is never one to complain, she just does it,” she said.
“In the evening we go walking, but she also does a lot of walking at school and on weekend.
“She is extremely determined and nothing holds her back.”
Not happy to rest on her laurels, Hannah has also pledged to cut her long hair and donate it to a wig-making charity for children with cancer if she reaches the $10,000 mark.
STEPtember supports initiatives to help people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives.