Subiaco Football Club kicked off Saturday morning in a different way by presenting charity partners from The Centre for Cerebral Palsy with a cheque for $2,500.
The donation was made by Subiaco at a special lunch to promote the upcoming Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, August 3-9.
There are 20,000 people with cerebral palsy in Australia - a permanent physical condition that affects movement.
SFC District Manager Luke Sanders said he was pleased that the club could make the donation and help generate community awareness of the condition.
“We wanted to link our playing group in with some form of charity to give back to the community and cerebral palsy was a fantastic opportunity,” Mr Sanders said.
“We see our role as helping to create community awareness of cerebral palsy through generation of media.”
Fundraising Manager for TCCP Kathy Kane said children suffering from cerebral palsy were inspirational to everyone and the relationship formed in the past two years with Subiaco had been a great success.
“We strive to celebrate potential and in elite sport there is a similarity because the players are trying to achieve excellence in football, whilst we are trying to achieve excellence in cerebral palsy,” Ms Kane said.
“Subiaco have been very generous over the past two years as they promote key events for cerebral palsy in their newsletters, so we are very grateful for the club’s help.”
The day gave Subiaco staff and players a chance to meet 10-year-old Awareness Week Champion Sarah Totsy, and to participate in a half time wheelchair race.
Sarah’s mother Marisa was on hand to support her daughter and was thrilled to give something back to the charity which helped her family in its time of need.
“If we didn’t have a place like the Centre for Cerebral Palsy I don’t know what I would do because I can’t imagine it without them and don’t know where we would go for help,” Mrs Totsy said.
“It is such a bonus to have a football club like Subiaco to back us up and help kids like Sarah because the community is not aware how complex and expensive it is for children living with cerebral palsy.”
To donate or for more information regarding Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, visit www.tccp.com.au or phone 9443 0211.
Information can also be sought from the Subiaco Football Club at www.sfclions.com.au