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On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me…..

4-year-old Canberra boy with a disability gets his wish of being ‘a fireman for a day’ as part of a campaign to grant 12 Christmas wishes to local children with a disability

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CANBERRA, Thursday 11 December 2014– Christmas will arrive early for Canberra children with a disability, as the community rallies to grant ‘12 Days of Christmas Wishes’.

Each day between December 12th and Christmas Eve, a Christmas wish will be granted for local children with a disability. The Christmas wishes will be announced daily on Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s facebook page and website.

‘We are so excited to be able to grant these Christmas wishes for children with a disability and their siblings from the Canberra and wider ACT region’, said Rob White, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

‘Christmas is a magical time for all children, and we are looking forward to putting smiles on the faces of kids with a disability who face daily challenges to meet milestones that others take for granted.

‘All the children are unaware that the Christmas wishes they excitedly placed on our Christmas Wishing Tree a few months back, are about to turn into reality!’

The children and their families placed their Christmas wishes on Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Christmas Wishing Tree at the Early Intervention and Therapy Services Expo in Canberra in September.

With the support of local businesses and community organisations, which have donated gifts and one-off experiences, Cerebral Palsy Alliance has been able to organise for 12 Christmas wishes to be granted.

The first Christmas wish to come true will be that of 4-year-old Blake from Crace in the ACT. Blake, who has a Global Developmental Delay, placed a wish on the Christmas Wishing Tree to ‘be a fireman for a day’.

Thanks to the generosity of ACT Fire & Rescue, Blake’s wish will come true tomorrow when he attends the fire training centre at Hume. Little Blake will get to wear full fireman’s gear, put out a real fire, and even climb a fireman’s ladder!

‘I can’t wait to see the look on Blake’s face when we arrive at the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA)Training Centre for him to live his dream of being a fireman for a day’, said his dad Doug.

‘This will be an amazing Christmas experience for our little boy and we sincerely thank ACT Fire & Rescue for making Blake’s Christmas wish come true.’

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is one of six non-government providers taking over the ACT government’s early intervention services for children with a disability or developmental delay.

To join the excitement of our ‘12 Days of Christmas Wishes’ campaign, follow Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s facebook page for the daily wish to be granted from 12-24 December.

You can also join the fun via Instagram, twitter and online following the hashtag #12daysofchristmaswishes

ATTENTION EDITORS: Join little Blake as he becomes a fireman for the day and launches the

’12 Days of Christmas Wishes’ campaign. There will lots of great vision, photo and interview opportunities.

When: 10am Friday 12th December

Where: ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre, 89 David Warren Road, Hume


Jennifer Durante – Media Manager, Cerebral Palsy Alliance – 0419 802 602

ACT ESA 24hr Media line – ph 6207 8564 (Not for broadcast or publication)

Released on 11 Dec 2014