STEPS was recently featured in an article in Your Pregnancy magazine. The article focused on the five most common birth defects. Clubfoot is one of these defects. According to the the article "[a]bout one in 500 South African babies is born with clubfoot" which is higher than the world average:
When Lethlongolo was born, the first question that her mother, Tsholofelo, asked was how something like that could happen to her. She felt scared and lost.
Gorgeous little Lethabo was born with clubfoot at Victoria Hospital in the North West Province. She has an older sister who absolutely adores her. Her sister does not have clubfoot. When she was born her mother, Lerato, was distraught and asked herself how this could happen. She did some research and went to visit Dr Bogatshu at his practice in Pretoria.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela This Mandela Day, we are calling on people to donate 67 minutes of their salaries to help the lives of children born with clubfoot in South Africa. South Africa has one of the [...]
In May 2015, the organisers of the 5th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress donated R252 300 to STEPS to go towards the treatment of clubfoot in Southern Africa. Delegates to the conferences organised by Africa Health were charged R100 to attend, which was collected and handed over to STEPS, the official charity of Africa Health [...]
In 2016 STEPS has launched a new clubfoot awareness campaign, called “Laces for Braces”, which was announced on World Clubfoot Day, 3 June. We've called on schools, businesses, sport teams and all Ponseti kids to take part and wear a pair of bright laces to show their support of World Clubfoot Day.
Jennifer Niksch recently undertook - and completed - Expedition Africa, a daunting 500km adventure race to raise funds and awareness for the treatment of clubfoot. She raced with Lunar Chicks, the only all-girls team in a field of 54 teams, mostly made up of three guys and one girl.
It is always wonderful to hear about clubfoot fundraising. And what better way to do it than a 544km Expedition Africa adventure race? You can still donate via the link below.
500km adventure race for the 1 in 500 kids born with clubfoot in South Africa. Jennifer Niksch and Jet de Wet are taking on the challenge as a two-person team, in an extreme race usually done in teams of four. Expedition Africa is a 500km adventure race along the Garden Route in the Western Cape. This extreme race consists of several disciplines, including mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, orienteering, rope work, swimming and canyoneering. Their amazing adventure with a purpose will raise funds for the successful treatment of children born with the common birth defect clubfoot.
STEPS, with the assistance of Jacaranda FM's Good Morning Angel Fund, has been privileged to be part of the treatment of a very special boy. Last year, we were contacted by a family who had seen a story about our founder on the 'Against All Odds' eNCA channel. They sent photos of their nine-month-old son [...]