MEDIA RELEASE – Business community gets behind STEPS Charity’s Grand Winter Ball

For immediate release

4 May 2016

The Sunshine Coast business community is coming together to launch STEPS Charity’s major fundraiser for the year STEPS Charity Grand Winter Ball this week in support of independent living for young people with disabilities.

The Ball’s Major Sponsor Ken Mills Toyota is hosting the canapes evening at its Maroochydore dealership this Friday with more than 40 business owners expected to attend and learn more about the forthcoming event and what STEPS is all about.

The event supports building live-in training homes and developing life skills training programs for young people with disabilities with the first STEPS Pathways underway at Caloundra now.

“We’re really proud to be partnering with STEPS Charity this year to launch this important fundraising event,” Brett Mills, dealer principal of Ken Mills Toyota said.

“We value our involvement with STEPS greatly and have always had a long-standing commitment to supporting our community, which has supported our business for so many years.”

“What businesses can do to support young people with disabilities to lead independent lives is significant for all the community and I hope as many as possible on the Coast can join us and help STEPS achieve their vision of a brighter future for all.”

The first Pathways build is going up fast and due to be completed in late June this year with the aim of replicating the prototype home and training programs across the country.

The project includes a specially developed program teaching young people with disabilities skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting and more while they develop confidence in living independently.

Major Sponsor Murphy Homes has been instrumental in sourcing local support for the build and moving the project forward.

“We can’t thank the Murphy family and the generosity of local contractors and businesses enough for their support – we wouldn’t be near starting if it wasn’t for them,” Ms Carmel Crouch, managing director STEPS Group Australia said.

“We feel it’s a game changer for people with a disability and a great opportunity to enjoy new independence, while putting new life skills into practice.”

To book tickets for the STEPS Grand Winter Ball call 07 5458 3028 or via Eventbrite.

STEPS Pathways Project - Tom
IMAGE: Face of the STEPS Charity Grand Winter Ball campaign Tom Amerena represents those with disabilities STEPS Charity are excited to provide independent living opportunities for. Photo: Tom Rawlins.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Julie Coulthard

Content Marketer
STEPS Group Australia
07 5458 3000
PO Box 1139, Caloundra QLD 4551

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