SCPWA seeks greater awareness on CP

Ting, flanked by Diana and Chong presenting a donation to one of the recipients.

MIRI: The Sarawak Cerebral Palsy Welfare Association (SCPWA) established just over a year ago, held its first major gathering in Miri yesterday, as part of its objectives to create greater awareness on the association and cerebral palsy (CP).

CP is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way).

Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting officiated at the gathering and presented donation to some fifty children and adults with CP, who came with their parents or guardians.

Ting commended the association which despite its infancy stage, managed to organise the gathering.

“On behalf of the Sarawak government, I congratulate all in helping to make this event a success.

“Those with CP certainly need help in terms of their care and rehabilitation.

“Thus the donation given today though small will certainly alleviate the burden of their care-givers besides bringing joy to the recipients,” said Ting.

He also pledged RM7,000 in government grant to be disbursed to CP patients registered with the association.

Ting also urged parents having CP children to register them with SCPWA so that they could benefit from activities organised by the association.

Earlier, SCPWA president Diana Rasidi said the association, registered on January 20, 2016 was formed by a few parents of children with CP.

“Among our objectives are to create greater public awareness on CP, by organising various activities including today’s presentation of donations to our children with special needs,” she said.

Currently, they have some 20 registered and yesterday another 20 applied to become members.

For further information call her at 011-12603811 or Christopher Alvin (Secretary) at 013-8364220.

Among those present at the function were assistant director of Welfare Department, Miri Sharifah Ranimah and the association’s advisor Chong Bee Lan who is also in charge of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) in Piasau Camp.

Source: The Borneo Post

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