Step Out to Raise Funds for UCPLA

By Christina Elston

special needs UCPLA

At last year’s Out & About competition, Serious Cycling in Northridge put together a team of cyclists who achieved some of the event’s highest activity levels. PHOTO COURTESY UCPLA

How many steps do you take per day? Do you have 10,000 in you? Find out, get fit and raise funds and awareness for individuals with cerebral palsy during the “Out & About With UCPLA” fitness challenge Oct. 3-28. The money you raise will help purchase equipment such as adaptable tricycles and adaptable beach wheelchairs that help people with cerebral palsy reach their fitness goals.

Kids who participate can also earn credit for the equivalent of 10 community-service hours for school, making this a great family activity.

This is the second year of the competition. The debut of Out & About in 2015 raised nearly $25,000 to support United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ adult day programs.

UCPLA program participant and Out & About competitor Don works with an instructor to get his "steps" in. The adaptable tricycle he is using is one of the pieces of equipment the event raises funds to purchase. PHOTO COURTESY UCPLA

UCPLA program participant and Out & About competitor Don works with an instructor to get his “steps” in. The adaptable tricycle he is using is one of the pieces of equipment the event raises funds to purchase. PHOTO COURTESY UCPLA

The four-week fitness, awareness and fundraising competition challenges participants to take 10,000 steps per day. UCPLA provides a virtual event platform to help spread the word about the competition and raise awareness about developmental disabilities, and a flexible crowdfunding platform to help you connect with your social network and raise funds.

Sign up and join a team or create your own, then create your personal fundraising page and take advantage of email templates and social media sharing to spread the word.

The experience isn’t just virtual. Meet other UCPLA teams, UCPLA clients and staff at live pop-up events throughout the month. Any “steps” you take at these events will count twice!

You can cheer on runners from Students Run LA, an after-school running program for at-risk youth, at their Pennies From Heaven 5K run and coin drive to benefit UCPLA from 6:30-10 a.m. Oct. 8 at Dockweiler State Beach (12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey).

Visit UCPLA’s Thousand Oaks adult day program at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 for the opening of “Office Art,” the newest exhibit from the program’s resident artists. The facility is located at 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks.

Enjoy a screening of “Hidden In Plain Sight,” a 25-minute film created by UCPLA supporter and artist Claudia Kunin to showcase the stories of nine UCPLA participants, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Annenberg Space for Photography’s Skylight Studios, 10050 Constellation Blvd., L.A. There will be a panel discussion following the screening. Tickets cost $25 and are available at WeAreHere4.UCPLA.org/HIPSScreening, but if you have reached your $250 Out & About fundraising goal, you get in free.

Registration for Out & About With UCPLA costs $25 for adults and $10 for students. Learn more about the Out & About challenge and live pop-up events, and sign up to participate, at WeAreHere4.ucpla.org/OutAbout16.

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