Minister for Disability Services and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt will attend tomorrow’s Picnic by the Lagoon family fun day being held to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.
Picnic by the Lagoon will be held on the West side of the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon tomorrow (Saturday 30 July) from 10am to 3pm.
Mr Pitt said he was encouraging locals to come along and support National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week which kicks of this Sunday (31 July – 6 August).
“National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote a better understanding and acceptance of cerebral palsy,” Mr Pitt said.
“Every 15 hours, a child is born in Australia with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability.
“That’s why the Bligh 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.
The FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group is hosting the Picnic by the Lagoon. The event will include live entertainment and food. There will be a number of all-ability activities for families to enjoy and guest appearances from the Northern Pride, the Skytrans Cairns Taipans and a few creatures from Cairns Tropical Zoo.
FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group supports families affected by cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. All proceeds will go towards FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group.
For more details on how to support the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, visit www.cplqld.org.au