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.
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 spread festive cheer at five of our South African partner Ponseti clubfoot clinics in December.
We had fun Ponseti Parties at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, George Mukhari Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital, and Maitland Cottage Hospital.