CPA’s COVID-safe Santa photos a hit with kids with cerebral palsy and their families

CPA's COVID-safe Santa photos a hit with kids with cerebral palsy and their families
Posted on Thu 16 Dec 2021

For many children with cerebral palsy and their families, COVID-19 has meant changes to traditional activities and an extra level of caution when in the community.

That is particularly the case at Christmas, where crowded shopping centres and long lines to see Santa can be stressful for those with cerebral palsy, many of whom are especially vulnerable.

To solve this, CPA partnered with Dettol in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for kids with cerebral palsy and their families to meet Santa this Christmas.

More than 500 people took part across four CPA locations in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the Hunter, and the initiative has been warmly received by families.

That’s a lot of happy kids, mums, dads, grandparents and carers – not to mention a lot of Christmas lists! Thank you to CPA’s wonderful volunteers and staff for making this opportunity happen and bringing festive cheer to families living with cerebral palsy.

To mark the occasion, NBN News visited CPA East Maitland and spoke to families, volunteers and CPA staff – check out the news report below!

Instead of having the fun-filled family Christmas I'd planned, we spent Christmas with COVID. Over the course of a week, all five of us got it, resigned to the fact that isolating from each other at this time of year, especially given how much I rely on other people for self-care, was a pretty fruitless exercise. 

An update from CEO Rob White on how CPA is supporting and protecting our clients during COVID-19, and CPA therapy and services in January 2022.