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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1806..


Cerebral palsy—fundraising night

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.32): On Friday 23 May at the Hellenic Club Woden in Canberra, over 200 people generously gave up their time, their dollars and their energies to take part in a trivia night fundraiser that I organise each year for a disability-related charity. This year it was for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. As many would know, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, previously known as the Spastic Centre, have a very active fundraising arm—as well they might, as 150 families living in Canberra are faced with cerebral palsy related issues 24/7. Their needs are constant and ongoing.

Scott Cass-Dunbar, one of the parents involved, gave a very passionate insight into what some adults and parents and their children experience and the assistance they receive from the CPA. Funds raised from the night are being put towards a new purpose-built centre in Scullin, which is currently under construction. The alliance is working hard to raise funds to complete the building to ensure it is a state-of-the-art facility providing therapy services, programs and specialised equipment for children, teenagers and adults with cerebral palsy in the ACT and surrounding regions.

It was a most enjoyable fundraising night and nearly $17,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of the attendees who purchased various items. These annual fundraisers are not possible without the support of many organisations and individuals. I would like to place on record my thanks to them all. Thanks first of all to the board and staff of the Hellenic Club Woden for their support of the charity fundraisers for many years. Thanks also to Kellie Edwards and Christine Le Reuz from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and their many volunteers who helped on the night; Greg Bayliss from Radio 666, who acted as an excellent master of ceremonies; Tony Barilaro as auctioneer; and Maureen Doszpot, Amy Doszpot and Ed Spence and Noah Doszpot, who acted as scorers of my convoluted trivia questions.

The products and services sponsors included the Brassey Hotel, Belluci's restaurant at Manuka, Gabriel Saccardo from Barter Card, La Scala Restaurant, Capital Travel Manuka, Caphs at Manuka, TG's Hair Studios, Rama's Fiji Indian Restaurant at Pearce, Yarralumla Heritage Nursery, Janelle from Cottage in the City, IGA Supermarket Yarralumla, ACT Olympic Council, Robin Poke, Westfield Belconnen and Woden for a Raiders jumper, Doug Edwards and the UC Brumbies for a signed Brumbies jumper, Club Super for golf clubs, a cricket bat from Cricket ACT, a signed Wallaby ball donated by Honkytonks, and signed bottles of wine from the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott, and the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP—the latter kindly donated by Sally McDonald. Other sponsors were Robert Oatley Vineyards, Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Day Spa, 4 Pines Brewing, Anne's Legacy and Sandra Orszaczky for a beautiful hand-stitched quilt, ActewAGL, Hamperesque, His Excellency Marcel Stutz, Ambassador of Switzerland, iPlay Belconnen, IGA Ainslie, Lollypotz, Richard Rolfe Audi, Baz Giampaolo and Video Ezy Woden, Shane Hugg and Carlton and United Breweries, Club Super, and the Dinosaur Museum.

Other donors and supporters included Nick George, Stephen Argument, Cade Brown, Paul Murphy of Project Coordination, Dino Nikias, Jerry Tipping, Sandy Vincent and Garry Murphy.


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