Media Release: Tasmanians taking the push to get active and support young mums

Hobart City Mission has launched its annual fundraising campaign, the Great Southern Pram Push.

Between February 11th and 24th, Hobart City Mission are asking people to take the challenge to push themselves to do up to 10,000 steps a day and to raise vital funds to support young mums at Small Steps.

The online campaign aims to raise vital funds through participant sponsorship, whilst also encouraging the community to get active and engaged with their community.

“We will be holding a number of walking meet-ups during the fortnight to help participants meet other local participants and to create a great sense of community,” says Hobart City Mission Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Anita Wheeler.

“As the campaign is online, it is really easy to participate wherever you are,” continues Anita. “You can log your normal day to day steps, or push yourself to go further and reach a goal. Even though it is something so simple, it will make a huge impact to the lives of these young mums.”

Small Steps is a live-in support program for young mums under 25 years, and their babies, who lack appropriate accommodation or a supportive environment. The program receives no on-going government funding, and therefore only operates through donations from the community.

Hobart City Mission’s CEO, John Stubley is showing his commitment to the campaign by taking the extra challenge to walk up Mt Wellington with his fellow friends,  TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes and Secretary at Department of Communities Tasmania Ginna Webster. The walk will be completed on March 1st, followed by a community barbecue at Montrose Park to celebrate the effort of all participants.

“I am excited to take the challenge and show my commitment to the Small Steps program,” says John. “I invite everyone to join me on this challenge, and to register for the Great Southern Pram Push today.”

For more information or to register, visit www.greatsouthernprampush.com.au

Small Steps has eleven self-contained apartments, where the mothers can stay for up to two years. The program provides 24/7 onsite care, and life and parenting skill training, with the aim to transition them into independent living. Since establishment in 2014, over 50 mums have been assisted through the program.

For more information on Small Steps, visit www.hobartcitymission.org.au/small-steps