Rotary supports Cerebral Palsy Alliances' ''telepractice appeal''
Lorraine McNuff (CPA), Noela Elsworth and President Rob Haines (Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches).
On Wednesday, August 12th, the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches (UNB) was pleased to invite Lorraine McNuff, a senior manager from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), to address the club and to acknowledge a donation to CPA from the Club.
Lorraine gave a brief history of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, previously known as “The Spastic Centre”. Founded by Audrie and Neil McLeod, for whom ‘Nothing Is Impossible’, on January 30th 1945, with a capital of ₤32, 14 children and 25 parents, were given the use of a house at Queen Street Mosman on loan from Arthur Sullivan, and two motor vehicles from the Mosman National Emergency Service, The Spastic Centre commenced operations.
It is now a large organisation, with over 2,000 staff and regional centres throughout New South Wales. Therapy services are provided for children and adults with neurological and physical disability. Research is a very important belief of the CPA, which initiated the world first research foundation into the causes and treatment of cerebral palsy, as well as linking globally to other research programs.
The CPA welcomed the advent of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Plan) to support its clients, but there is still a need for fundraising for services not funded by the NDIS, such as ongoing research, purchase of equipment and early detection and treatment of babies at risk of cerebral palsy.
As a result of the Covid19 virus, clients of the CPA have been unable to access face-to-face therapy, essential for prevention of long-term complications and pain relief, and have had to rely on online consultations with their therapists. A “Telepractice Appeal” was launched to raise funds to provide the necessary equipment, which included Tablets, relevant Apps and sensory toys for small children.
The Rotary Club of UNB was proud to donate $2,000 towards this very worthwhile appeal and project, which was doubled by the generous dollar match pledge of Goodman industrial property group. The Telepractice initiative has proved so successful that select clients may be able to use this delivery of service as their preferred option, removing the need for hours of unnecessary travel and the inconvenience this may cause.