“Now I can run!’’, Eyob said in an excited voice as he came to collect a t-shirt for the Ethiopian Great Run children’s race. He was running excitedly around the hospital grounds. Even the camera man was having a hard time taking Eyob’s picture. His clubfoot treatment had made the difference between pain and difficulty walking, and being able to run.
“Eyob was one of 50 children provided with a t-shirt by the National Clubfoot Program in preparation for the run. For these 50 children, their dream of running had been realised through treatment obtained from one of the clubfoot clinics that a CBM partner supports. These children have been promoting the Clubfoot Program’s motto of “Let us meet the dream of a child to run,” urging others with clubfoot to be treated.
Through CBM Australia’s partner clubfoot program in Ethiopia, children who may have otherwise lived with clubfoot for life, and depending on their environment, potentially increased disadvantage and poverty, were able to participate in the race.