Now in its fourteenth year, the 20/twenty Challenge was co-founded by long-time friends James Hodgkinson and Ross Ellice-Flint. James was personally touched by cerebral palsy when his nephew Alex was diagnosed with the condition.
Alex is now fifteen years old. He needs support at mealtimes, uses a wheelchair to get around and a speech generating device to communicate. The right equipment at the right time has meant this bright, sociable boy is part of his local soccer team and can join in with friends at school, greatly reducing his social isolation.
The event has grown substantially over the last thirteen years and it is now a significant and well-known charity event, especially in the financial sector.
The Macquarie Group Foundation, through its connection with former Director James Hodgkinson, was the principal sponsor of the 20/twenty Challenge for the first eleven years of the event. The support that Macquarie has provided throughout this time has helped to purchase over 2100 items of life changing equipment to assist children with cerebral palsy and their families. We sincerely thank Macquarie and their dedicated staff for their significant contribution to this event.
In 2015, we embarked on a new partnership with UBS and we are very excited that this partnership will be continuing in 2017. The generous support of UBS as our current principal sponsor will take the 20/twenty Challenge into the future and help Cerebral Palsy Alliance to ensure we are continuing to provide vital mobility aids and equipment to help children walk, talk and be more independent.
UBS are committed to providing their clients with the advice, expertise and opportunities they need to achieve their financial goals. Similarly, Cerebral Palsy Alliance is dedicated to helping our young clients meet their goals by providing them with vital equipment to maximise mobility, independence and their quality of life. The 20/twenty Challenge makes this possible and this is certain to be a successful partnership.