Thousands of superheroes will next week take over workplaces and schools around the country with more than 200 organisations registered for National Superhero Week (August 31 to September 4) to raise funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy.
Workers, students and preschoolers will unleash their inner superhero by dressing as their favourite characters during the week. The funds raised will go towards supporting people with Muscular Dystrophy and research into the disorder.
Scientists at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, Victorian cyclists, a cheerleading squad, a martial arts organisation and several cafes are among this year’s enthusiastic participants, along with thousands of children around the country.
“It’s fantastic to see so many organisations, schools and preschools showing their support for Muscular Dystrophy by registering an event,” says Muscular Dystrophy Australia’s executive director Boris M Struk.
“This event over the past two years has really captured the imaginations of school children and brought colleagues together as they swapped uniforms and suits for Superman and Batman costumes.
“We’re expecting the third annual National Superhero Week to be bigger and better.”
However Struk says it is important to remember people with Muscular Dystrophy are the real superheroes as they battle every day for strength, while their muscles slowly fail.
“Superhero Day is about empowering children with muscular dystrophy to unleash their inner superhero,” he says. “We want to remind them that they possess extraordinary superpowers of inner strength and resilience.
“It’s also an opportunity for everyone to be a superhero by supporting friends and colleagues affected by Muscular Dystrophy by raising funds for much-needed services and vital research.”
Examples of events during the week include:
- Cheerleading champions the Bayside Bullets will dress up in superhero outfits during rehearsals for the entire week.
- A group of clinical microbiologists at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital dressing up as their superheroes.
- Sydney martial arts organisation Invincible Worldwide holding a ‘superhero workout’.
- A Victorian cycling club dressed as superheroes for a morning bayside ride.
- Cafes in NSW and Victoria inviting customers to dress as superheroes, offering face painting for children, discounts off bills and donating a percentage of the day’s proceeds to MDA.
About one in 600 Australians has some form of Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disorder with 60 different variations. The disorder eventually causes immobility, respiratory problems and cardiac complications.
The funds raised during National Superhero Week will support MDA services and research by the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre in Melbourne.