World Cerebral Palsy Day 2013 celebrates in New Zealand
Young Achiever 2013 Jordon Milroy leaves his wheelchair behind to climb Auckland Harbour Bridge and celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day in New Zealand
Cerebral Palsy Day 2013 celebrates in New
When: Wednesday 2 October 2013
This Wednesday marks World Cerebral Palsy Day and kicks off a month of awareness about Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand.
Jordon Milroy is an exceptional 23 year old New Zealander. Nominated as a top 10 finalist in the Young New Zealander of the year 2013, Jordon is loving life and studying towards a Bachelor of Communications Degree. Unlike other people his age, Jordon has Cerebral Palsy, but instead of letting his condition slow him down Jordon is climbing to great heights to raise awareness for World Cerebral Palsy Day.
The Cerebral Palsy Society in New Zealand provides resources, grants, information and practical support to thousands of Kiwis living with Cerebral Palsy. They nominated Jordon as their Cerebral Palsy Person of the Year in 2012.
A passionate advocate for people living with Cerebral Palsy, Jordon is climbing to the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day and raise awareness for New Zealand’s Cerebral Palsy Society in the month of October.
Chiefs Coach Wayne Smith is another ambassador for The Cerebral Palsy Society who is passionate about raising awareness during October. Wayne’s son Josh was born with Cerebral Palsy. Now 30, Josh is currently completing the last paper for his degree at the University of Canterbury.
“Things we take for granted are different for people with Cerebral Palsy…just don’t lower your expectations of them. They have incredible capacity and ability”, says Smith.
As a parent of a child born with Cerebral Palsy, Wayne has experienced first-hand how challenging it can be, and wants to let other parents know where to find help.
“As parents of a boy with Cerebral Palsy, sometimes we felt alone out there…we feared what Cerebral Palsy (CP) might mean. If you have a child with CP contact the Cerebral Palsy Society, the sooner the better, to get the support you need for you and your child”, says Smith.
“Our aim is for all families affected by Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand to join the Cerebral Palsy Society and get the help they need. Please help us spread the word during October.”