South Africans are doing 10,000 steps a day to help babies with clubfoot

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Around 2000 children are born with clubfoot in South Africa every single year and a simple method is used to help change their lives.


Children born with clubfoot are unable to walk, run or play due to their feet being rotated inwards or downwards or legs being unequal lengths. Left untreated, the child will live a life of disability, and face further psychological and socio-economic burdens. But it doesn’t have to be this way, clubfoot can be treated with the highly effective and non-invasive Ponseti method.

“A child born with clubfoot needs effective and early treatment. Neglected or untreated clubfoot leads to permanent disability and is a barrier to participating fully in economic and social life.” – says Luke Engel, marketing manager of non-profit organisation STEPS.

Founded in 2015 in the Western Cape, STEPS has ensured that thousands of children have access to effective treatment, who would otherwise have lived with a preventable disability.

“As the only organisation working to assist children born with clubfoot in South Africa, STEPS responds to a huge regional need where it is estimated that 2000 children are born every year with clubfoot, but only 8% of those children will have access to health insurance or means to pay for treatment,” says Engel

For the month of September, STEPS, have launched a national “STEPtember” campaign to raise R 50 000 to assist in funding clubfoot operations; training of doctors, parent education, clinic support and clubfoot brace distribution.

With the campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, supporters are encouraged to set up their own campaigns to support the organisation and commit to walking 10 000 steps a day, to stand up for those affected by clubfoot.

“We currently reach about 50% of children born with clubfoot and have a goal to make that 100% by 2022. Accurate diagnosis, early intervention and referral is critical. For every R2500 we raise, we’re able to support these initiatives with full treatment support for one child. We hope the public will support our BackaBuddy campaign through a direct donation or by signing up to our STEPtember challenge” – says Engel

Join the STEPtember Challenge

Sign up for the STEPtember challenge on BackaBuddy here: and decide how much you would like to fundraise!

Motivate why you are passionate about this cause by writing a short story or put together a short video to let your friends and family know what you are doing!

For more information on raising funds for this cause please email

A quick way to count your steps:

  • Cycling for an hour: 7 800 – 12 000 steps
  • Shopping for an hour: 4 200 steps
  • Gardening for an hour: 1 000 steps
  • Swimming for an hour 10 000 steps

You can see how they work to fix these children’s feet and why it works so well in South Africa where the health system isn’t always reliable.

Sources: Supplied
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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