Disability Services Minister and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is calling on the local community to support National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week (31 July – 6 August).

Minister Pitt said National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote a better understanding and acceptance of cerebral palsy and to stage local fundraising events for the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

“Every 15 hours, a child is born in Australia with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s why the State Government is a strong supporter of the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

“This year we will provide more than $37 million to help the organisation do what they do best – reach out and help people with cerebral palsy, their families and carers across Queensland.

“Their focus is on early intervention – getting in early to help people with multiple disabilities so that they can live independently, find meaningful employment and lead active lives in their local community,” he said.

Minister Pitt said the organisation’s biggest fundraiser this year is a Picnic in the Park at the Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane on Saturday 30 July.

“The State Government has contributed $5,000 towards the Picnic in the Park event which will kick off Cerebral Palsy Awareness week in Queensland,” he said.

Mr Pitt is encouraging the local community to hold their own Picnic in the Park to help raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy League.

“It’s a fun way to fundraise.  You could hold a picnic in your school, your workplace, or even in your own home and invite your family and friends over,” he said.

For more details on how to support the Cerebral Palsy League, visit www.cplqld.org.au