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Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT awarded inaugural Westfield Community Grant

Dedication of Westfield Woden and Belconnen shoppers and staff wins $60,000 for local kids with cerebral palsy

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT awarded inaugural Westfield Community Grant
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The lives of ACT families living with cerebral palsy are set to be changed thanks to the generosity and dedication of shoppers and staff from Westfield Woden and Belconnen.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT has been awarded $60,000 in prize money after Westfield Woden and Belconnen won 1st and 2nd places respectively in Westfield’s inaugural Community Incentive Grants program.

The program was instigated by Westfield management to encourage Westfield teams nationally to work more collaboratively with their local Charity Partners.

Kellie Edwards from Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT says being the official Charity Partner for Westfield’s two ACT centres is extremely rewarding.

‘The staff from both Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen have been extremely generous in not only leading fundraising campaigns in their centres to help local families with cerebral palsy, but also in volunteering their time to help us provide life-changing services and support for families in need’, Kellie said.

‘Westfield Belconnen and Woden have raised over $163,000 for us in the past year, which is an outstanding effort.

‘We are delighted to see the dedication of the staff from both shopping centres being recognised and awarded by Westfield on its national stage and the resulting $60,000 grant will greatly assist local families’, she said.

Local mum Cathy Coe, whose two-year-old daughter Bailey has cerebral palsy, says such support is life-changing.

‘It is reassuring to know that there are so many kind and helpful people and wonderful organisations such as Westfield who are working hard to give Bailey the best possible start in life’, Cathy said.

‘With the ongoing support of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Bailey will be able to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life and will be able to achieve anything she sets her mind to, which is all a parent can ever hope for.’

Karen Skinner from Westfield said the two ACT Westfield Centres were awarded for raising the most funds for their Charity Partner on a per employee basis.

‘It is an incredible achievement that our two Canberra Westfield Centres have taken out both first and second places in this national grants program, which was contested by 39 Westfield Centres across Australia,’ Karen said.

The $60,000 grant will be presented at a brunch at 12pm on Tuesday 18 February at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Spence site.

12 year old Richard Moir, who receives therapy and support services through Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT, will take centre stage and show off the magic skills he learnt at a special school holiday camp for children with cerebral palsy.

Released on 18 Feb 2014