Cerebral Palsy Association and KFC partnership
KFC has always been an ambassador for the youth and believes that we need to nurture them as they are the island’s foundation. No matter the ability, KFC shows support.
Recently the Cerebral Palsy Association celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day and held a grand fund-raising event. Cerebral Palsy is not a disease but a physical challenge that affects basic motor skills. Children and adults affected by Cerebral Palsy are mentally aware of their surroundings and welcome interaction with people and various objects.
The Cerebral Palsy Association holds various sensory parties throughout the year that bring the families affected by CP together and offer parents a respite day while the children experience various types of therapy. Children with CP are exposed to various textures and visuals at these parties. Horseback riding is another form of therapy that is used regularly throughout the year.
October has been an eventful month for the Cerebral Palsy Association with October 1st being recognized as World Cerebral Palsy Day. The Dennery Special Education Centre, Ave Maria Primary, Gordon and Walcott Memorial, Vide Bouteille Primary, Sure Start pre-school and HECDEC pre-school all came to help create awareness of CP. An inspiring march of school children and parents with their children, all in green, proceeded to create awareness of this disability through the streets of Castries. Chants of “We support Cerebral Palsy Awareness”, “Disability does not mean Inability” and “Rising above Physical Challenges” echoed through the William Peter Boulevard. It all culminated at the constitution park at the feet of the great Sir John. Not only did this create awareness for the general public but it also brought other families and children with CP to the realization that they are not alone.
11th October was also the Association’s 1st Annual Green Tie Cocktail Fundraiser & Auction held at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort where there was a silent auction to raise funds. It was a great success due to help from Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, Exel Signs, WIndwdard & Leeward Brewery, Peter & Company, Fineline Graphics, Floralight Bridal, 123 Digital, and wonderful auction items from Anse Chastanet Hotel, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Ti Spa at Calabash Cove, Jallim Eudovic, The Qi Garden, Harry Edwards Jewellers, Sea Island Cotton Shop, Meme Bete Designs, Diamonds International and even paintings by children with CP. Funds raised are to be used throughout the year to help children with therapy, as well as the parents.
KFC has been in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Association for more than two years and it continues to assist in creating awareness and giving support when needed. Recently KFC brought in equipment which would make basic everyday tasks easier for both child and parent. KFC will continue to help the Cerebral Palsy Association in various ways to ensure that we all understand that Disability does not mean Inability!
Students from several schools marched in honour of Cerebral Palsy.