New Hunter first program for siblings of kids with cerebral palsy

At least a dozen young people aged eight to 12 who have a sibling with cerebral palsy will this week come together for some school holiday fun in a new Hunter-first Siblings Day Program.

The program is being run by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance at its Stuart Centre in Lake Macquarie on Wednesday April 16. It has been made possible thanks to new funding allocated this year by Greater Charitable Foundation. The kids will come from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Maitland.

Program co-ordinator Meredith Hudson said the program will allow kids who are dealing with having a sibling with a disability to come together for some fun and games.

Ms Hudson said having a family member with a disability can make it harder to go out and impact a range of family situations including meal times.

She said that the day has a Masterchef inspired theme and will involve food fun including taste testing, cooking competitions and a challenge to invent a dessert.

Greater staff members including business banking specialist and Newcastle City Councillor Andrea Rufo will be helping the kids to have fun during the day.

Another program is planned for the next school holidays.

The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded from the profits of the Greater Building Society. It also funds mentoring programs for young people with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides services to thousands of people with cerebral palsy and their families from 55 locations across NSW and the ACT including from Croudace Bay and Maitland in the Hunter. Services include therapy and health services, recreation and sport, counselling, respite and employment services.

Media Contact: Craig Eardley (Greater) on 0437 477 493 or Meredith Hudson (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) on 0412 281 630.