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Each year Cerebral Palsy Alliances holds the 20/twenty challenge event in the picturesque suburbs of Manly Beach, Clontarf Beach and Mosman. Teams compete in a 20km triathalon-like course against each other and the natural landscape.
The event was established 19 years ago by long-time friends James Hodgkinson and Ross Ellice-Flint. James was personally touched by cerebral palsy in a family member and he directly experienced that families don’t always receive all the equipment needed to ensure their children live a full and inclusive life.
Each year the teams come together to raise much needed funds to support children living with cerebral palsy with communication and mobility equipment. This year we are aiming to raise $400,000.
Fast Facts on Cerebral Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
- Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy, it is also the most common physical disability in childhood.
- Cerebral palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.
- For most people with cerebral palsy, the cause is unknown and there is no single cause. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy.
- More than 34,000 people live with Cerebral Palsy in Australia – that’s 1 in 700 babies diagnosed with CP.