Cerebral palsy champions honoured

STAFF REPORTER

The Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association (WCCPA) recently honoured valued donors at a special event held at Newlands cricket grounds.

Corporates, trusts and foundations, individuals, churches and schools who give so freely of their time, money and skills to make a difference in the lives of people with cerebral palsy were celebrated at the famous ground on Saturday April 23.

Donors were presented with a token of appreciation which, in part, was manufactured by people with cerebral palsy at the association’s Village Work Centre in Claremont.

The association’s chairperson, Noor Osman, expressed his heartfelt thanks to all those who had invested in the association on behalf of the management board.

The WCCPA is dedicated to the provision of services with the specific purpose of improving the lives of adults and children with cerebral palsy in the following programmes:

* The Cerebral Palsy Clinic located ,at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital ,with the provision of specialist occupational, speech and physiotherapy to children from birth to 12 years.

* De Heide Special Care Centre is a specialised education and care centre which provides a developmental education programme for 28 children with cerebral palsy who are profoundly physically and intellectually disabled and experience severe barriers to learning.

* The Village Work Centre is a protected work centre for 135 adults with cerebral palsy who are unable to enter the open labour market as a result of their disabilities.

One of the most disabling situations for people with disabilities is the isolation they experience in their families and communities as a result of their disability.

* Rosedon House is a residential facility and home to 55 adults with cerebral palsy who are unable to live independently or be cared for by their aging parents.

* Our Hope is a day programme which provides adults with cerebral palsy with the opportunity to participate in occupational and socialisation activities and learn new skills which would contribute to their health and well-being.

Often adults with cerebral palsy remain isolated at home without meaningful occupation and interaction with people other than their immediate families.