More well-deserved recognition for CPA’s volunteers

More well-deserved recognition for CPA’s volunteers
Posted on Wed 10 Nov 2021

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is thrilled to announce yet another finalist in this year's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards - our long term corporate partner, Aristocrat has been shortlisted for the prestigious Corporate Volunteer of the Year category.

Since 2008, Aristocrat have gone above and beyond in their support of CPA. In particular they have made many of our Allambie children's Christmas parties extra special – even during lockdown when the party had to be cancelled, a team of 40 Aristocrat volunteers made sure there was some festive cheer for our clients by supplying and packing hampers full of goodies for more than 250 families.

Aristocrat's support has also enabled CPA to realise its vision of making sport accessible to all with the development of our accessible gym, sports and exercise programs, sports camps, swimming programs and triathlon training initiatives.

Aristocrat has proudly supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance for over a decade through donations, fundraising and employee volunteering. Throughout this time, we’ve contributed more than AUD$2.5million dollars to support the vital work they do.

During COVID-19, Aristocrat also helped to fund Telepractice Starter Kits for CPA families, ensuring that clients were able to continue to receive therapy services remotely.

Isaac, a CPA client in kindergarten, receives essential occupational therapy and physiotherapy for his cerebral palsy. His mother, Alyce, says Isaac was struggling to participate in therapy until they received a Telepractice kit courtesy of CPA partners, including Aristocrat.

“We were so excited. It was like Christmas morning! It was even wrapped up like a present. I couldn’t wipe the smile off Isaac’s face. I was so happy that this would make Telepractice so much easier and accessible for us,” she said.

Clare Acin, Director of Global Communications at Aristocrat Technologies, said the organisation was incredibly proud of their impact through volunteering with CPA.

“Aristocrat has proudly supported Cerebral Palsy Alliance for over a decade through donations, fundraising and employee volunteering. Throughout this time, we’ve contributed more than AUD$2.5million dollars to support the vital work they do. Our employees are incredibly passionate about giving back to the communities in which they live and work and our contribution to CPA is something that we are extremely proud of,” she said.

“With events such as the Krazy Kosci Klimb, STEPtember, Grace Gala and Kids Sports Day, our teams enjoy the opportunity to support an organisation that provides vital resources and research for children and young adults that live with cerebral palsy. Our ongoing partnership with CPA is important to us. Our employees are especially excited about once again sponsoring and organising the annual CPA Christmas Party for children and their families in 2021.”

Aristocrat joins a trio of other fantastic CPA volunteers in the statewide finals – our Hunter region Lego Team and Allambie’s Equipment Services Team are both shortlisted for the ‘Team of the Year’ award, while Penny Howell is in the running for ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ after winning the prize for the Upper North Shore region.

A big thank you to Aristocrat and Good Luck to all our finalists at the awards in December!

Welcome to the wrap up episode of Season One of Cerebral Conversations. Here are some highlights and never heard before stories from the great minds at Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and our special guests and hosts.

It’s been a weirdly wonderful time for me – you might’ve noticed I didn’t share a column with you in October? That’s because I was racing toward the finish line of my university degree, a double in Arts & International Studies if anyone was wondering. Four years of my life that unfolded in ways I never could’ve predicted.