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, MLA Kirkfield Park
April 24, 2013

Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba Fundraising Events

Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge the efforts of Laura Schnellert and her team to raise awareness and funds for cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy actually encompasses several different types of disabilities that affect body movement and muscle co-ordination. CP can be mild or severe and can affect individuals in many ways.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba holds several events to raise awareness and funds to support people affected by CP. The World CP Challenge, which kicks off in September following World Cerebral Palsy Day, is a global race in which teams walk, run or cycle with pedometers. Their steps are tracked to make progress up a virtual mountain so that together the team climbs one of seven summits around the world. This September, Ms. Schnellert's team hiked the side of Mount Kilimanjaro by walking roughly 10,000 steps a day around their neighbourhood.

The Cerebral Palsy Association holds other events year round as well. In March, over 700 riders and volunteers came out to the association's 23rd annual stationary bike race at the Wellness Institute and biked a total of 9,270 kilometres to raise $175,193 in support of the association. Ms. Schnellert and other members of her hard-working team were also involved in making the event such a success.

The work of these dedicated individuals involved with the Cerebral Palsy Association means that services, equipment and therapy can be provided to adults and children living with cerebral palsy, including Laura's daughter, Karen. As well, families can establish networks and receive emotional support while coping with cerebral palsy.

Mr. Speaker, despite the obstacles that people living with CP face they still work hard to contribute to their communities, and that is why it is so important that the Cerebral Palsy Association and individuals like Ms. Schnellert make sure that peoplewith CP get the supports that they need to be active and engaged citizens.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.