LOCAL mums are taking one step at a time as they participate in the STEPtember challenge for children with cerebral palsy.
Participants are encouraged to take 10,000 steps a day for a month to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Two teams have been formed in Cooma with Monica Alcock, Cathy Shorten and Caroline Coles on the 'Cooma Mums' team and Megan Fox, Skye Bedingfield, Sian Isaac and Megan Downie on the 'Cooma Champions' team.
With one in 500 Australian babies being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Megan Fox from the 'Cooma Champions' team explained the importance of participating in such an event.
"The STEPtember challenge is great for raising awareness and funds for research," she said.
"Technically we still don't know what causes cerebral palsy and if we could figure out why it happens and what causes it, then we can learn how to prevent it."
Ms Fox participates in the challenge every year for her five year old son, Christian, who has cerebral palsy.
"It's so important to raise awareness in such a small community like Cooma, so that people are more familiar with the disease and so that they can understand that some people just need a little extra help," Ms Fox said.
"Currently we are trying to get Christian into school, but he requires a full time carer which can be difficult."
Both Cooma mum teams are aiming to raise $500 for the STEPtember challenge and encourage locals to either support or take the challenge for themselves.
"If anyone wants to take the challenge, I encourage them to go on the STEPtember website and create their own team. It's a lot of fun, keeps you healthy and all for a good cause."
To donate to the local mum teams please visit www.steptember.org.au and search 'Cooma'.