Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion and KFC part­ner­ship

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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