Dys­praxia suf­fer­ers the big­gest win­ners

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THEM­BEKA DLAMUKA

YOUNG beauty queens tak­ing part in the Miss Mod­i­force beauty pageant will be rais­ing funds for chil­dren with dys­praxia, a de­vel­op­men­tal co-or­di­na­tion dis­or­der.

The pageant takes place at the Ob­ser­va­tory com­mu­nity hall on De­cem­ber 10.

As there is no or­gan­i­sa­tion which raises funds to treat dys­praxia, the money will go to in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from the dis­or­der.

Par­tic­i­pants in the pageant are aged be­tween four and 24. The theme of the com­pe­ti­tion is Red Carpet at the Os­cars.

Each con­tes­tant is re­quired to do a raf­fle col­lec­tion of R200 to R300.

Ce­bokazi Ng­cakani from Mod­i­force Pageants is or­gan­is­ing the event.

She says many chil­dren in Cape Town suf­fer from dys­praxia, but be­cause it is a lit­tle known dis­or­der, many go un­di­ag­nosed.

This pageant will help cre­ate aware­ness.

Dys­praxia, also known as de­vel­op­men­tal co-or­di­na­tion dis­or­der, is a con­di­tion which makes it hard to plan and co-or­di­nate phys­i­cal move­ment in the cor­rect se­quence.

This con­di­tion af­fects about 10 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, with 2 per­cent of this group se­verely af­fected.

Chil­dren with dys­praxia may strug­gle with bal­ance and pos­ture and can ap­pear clumsy or out of sync with their en­vi­ron­ment.

The dis­or­der can af­fect a child’s abil­ity to do a wide range of ev­ery­day tasks, such as jump­ing, speak­ing clearly and grip­ping a pen­cil.

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