Media releases 2013

NEWCASTLE, WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2013 – The Hunter’s disability community is a leading light in Australia’s disability sector due to its vast range of state-of-the-art services and supports and plethora …read more

NEWCASTLE, WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2013: Thirty years ago a Newcastle mother had a dream – a local therapy centre to provide vital support and services for local children with cerebral …read more

It’s a tiny, two letter word which is the start of many a casual conversation. And it is the word on the lips of hundreds of high school students throughout …read more

All children want to be accepted and make friends – disability or not. That’s the simple message in a newly published version of Jessica’s Box by award-winning author Peter Carnavas. …read more

One of Australia’s longest running charity events, the Col Crawford Charity Golf Day, will tee-off for the final time next month as it celebrates 30 years of supporting children and …read more

His uncle was the legendary Nat King Cole, his cousin the equally talented Natalie Cole, and his father Freddy a Grammy-nominated artist. With genes like that it is hardly surprising that Lionel Cole has built an international reputation as an acclaimed musician in his own right.

This week, the latest in the long line of Cole family international stars added his musical flare to a song recording session involving a group of Sydney teenagers with cerebral palsy.  

Lionel Cole, employed by Song Division which specialises in interactive song writing experiences, provided tips and advice to the teenagers as they recorded a song they had written as part of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Ignition Mentoring Program.

The program involves the teenagers spending 12 months under the guidance of volunteer mentors from ING DIRECT to build self-esteem, resilience and confidence and discuss issues including life choices and work goals.

Gabriel Maciel from Cerebral Palsy Alliance, who runs Ignition Mentoring, says the song recording session run in conjunction with Song Division was the culmination of the year-long mentoring program.

‘The teenagers and mentors wrote an original song about their experiences in the Ignition Program, which was a great way to solidify the relationships built’, Gabriel said. ‘Recording the song in a professional studio gave the teenagers a tangible memory to take away from the program.

‘Having Lionel Cole join the teenagers and the volunteers from ING DIRECT in the recording studio really made this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone. Not many people can boast about the day they recorded a song with Nat King Cole’s nephew!’

Mentor and Head of Corporate Affairs at ING DIRECT, David Breen, said: ‘The Ignition Program is one of the most rewarding experiences for mentors and of course, their mentees. The song writing exercise was a lot of fun and was a great way to finish off the year.’

Song Division’s General Manager, Monica Dolso, said it was a buzz working with the teenagers and their mentors. ‘Helping them create all the music, write all the lyrics and then professionally record their very own song was amazing. The song created and recorded this year is one of the best I’ve ever heard across 10 years of facilitating song writing experiences.’

Media Contact: Jennifer Durante – Media Manager – (02) 9975 8758 / 0419 802 602

Cerebral Palsy Alliance welcomes today’s announcement that all existing government-run disability services plan to be transferred to the non-government sector within the next five years.

The NSW Government today introduced …read more

CANBERRA, MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2013 – The 2014 Maxim Invitational Tennis Charity Event is shaping up to be much more than just a tennis competition- the action on the courts …read more

For the second year running, Cranebrook High School has triumphed over 60 other schools from throughout metropolitan and regional NSW to take top  honours in the 2013 Boccia NSW School Knockout Competition .

16 teams contested the Grand Final at Sydney Olympic Park during the week with Cranebrook High School, lead by team captain Connor Hamlin, successfully defending the title it won in 2012.

Heathcote High School from Sydney’s south finished second, with Killarney Heights High from Sydney’s northern beaches coming third.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance coordinated the knockout boccia competition for students with a disability, in partnership with Boccia NSW, NSW School Sport Unit and Disability Unit, NSW Sport and Recreation and NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Boccia is a cross between Italian bocce and lawn bowls and is played by people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The competition promoted boccia as a viable school activity for students with a disability and encouraged their participation in competitive and recreational sport.

Peter King, head of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s boccia program and Boccia NSW President,  said the competition  was a great success.

‘Cranebrook High has shown once again that is it a force to be reckoned with on the boccia court’, Peter said.

‘The success of the school knock-out comp has shown us how a Paralympic sport can deliver valuable social  benefits to young athletes with disabilities.

‘All 60 schools involved have shown wonderful support for their athletes who have trained hard and are  justifiably proud of representing their schools at State level.

‘We have also identified some strong up and coming new talent, which bodes well as we look towards the  2016 Paralympic Games in Rio’, he said.

For more details about boccia, contact Peter King on 0418 467 702 or

Media Contact:  J ennifer Durante – Media Manager – (02) 9975 8758 / 0419 802 602

Election night will be life-changing for many – none more so than the nine actors with a disability who will take centre stage at the Sydney Opera House for the …read more

The Sydney Swans are taking time out of their busy pre-season training schedule to help foster social inclusion of high school students with disabilities.

Swans players Harry Marsh and Ryan …read more