STEPHANIE Pope, of Seven Mile Beach, is no stranger to the difficulties associated with muscular problems.
Her disability has meant that for much of her young life, she has had a hard time walking, let alone running.
But with assistance from disability support service St Giles, Stephanie was fitted with a special custom-made dynamic compression suit.
Designed to support core and gluteal muscles, it has seen her get stronger every day.
On Sunday 4 March, Stephanie will be stepping foot on Bellerive Beach for the inaugural Bendigo Bank ‘Run the Beaches’ fun run and walk.
Organised by the Clarence Lions Club in collaboration with St Giles, the two-kilometre and five-kilometre events will kick off at Bellerive Beach and travel along Howrah Beach, before looping back to the Bellerive Playground Park.
There will also be a 50-metre walk available for children with disabilities.
All funds raised during the event will go toward supporting the Australian Lions’ children’s mobility foundation ‘Walk for an Aussie Kid’.
The funds will be used to provide mobility devices for children with disabilities, giving these children a chance to walk.
At the conclusion of the fun run, entrants and the public will be invited to participate in an interactive sports/fitness and wellbeing expo.
This is an opportunity for local organisations to promote how they provide health and wellness in the community.
Event sponsors include Bendigo Bank, Hazell Brothers, Regis Aged Care and Hobart Fitness Training.
If you would like to be involved either as a participant or an exhibitor, visit lionsclubofclarencefunrun.weebly.com.
For more information about Walk for an Aussie Kid, visit www.alcmf.lions.org.au.
Caption: Stephanie Pope with her parents Matthew and Debra at Bellerive Beach.