St. Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre hosted a momentous event, the Cerebral Palsy Awareness Marathon, on Sunday, March 17, 2024. With the primary goal of raising awareness about Cerebral Palsy, the marathon also aimed to educate individuals on caregiving for children living with this condition.

Cerebral Palsy affects a significant portion of the children under the care of St. Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre, comprising 60% of those residing in their hostel and undergoing therapy at their facilities. Recognizing the importance of providing support and opportunities for every child, St. Giles took proactive steps to organize this marathon as a platform for advocacy and action.

The event, which commenced at 05:00hrs and concluded at 09:00hrs, brought together participants from various walks of life, including caregivers, healthcare professionals, and individuals passionate about making a difference in the lives of those with Cerebral Palsy. Notably, children affected by Cerebral Palsy also actively participated in the marathon, symbolizing strength, resilience, and the determination to overcome challenges. “We believe every child deserves a fair chance,” stated a representative from St. Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre. “This marathon not only raises awareness about Cerebral Palsy but also celebrates the inherent potential and abilities of every individual, regardless of their physical condition. “The marathon route, set against the backdrop of Harare’s scenic streets, provided a platform for participants to come together, share stories, and foster a sense of community support. Additionally, informational booths and educational sessions were available, offering valuable insights into caregiving techniques and resources for families affected by Cerebral Palsy.

Precious, the designated contact person for the event, extended her gratitude to all participants and encouraged ongoing support for the cause. “Together, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society,” she remarked, emphasizing the importance of continued advocacy and collaborative efforts in addressing the needs of individuals with Cerebral Palsy.

The Cerebral Palsy Awareness Marathon at St. Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre served as a poignant reminder of the power of unity and collective action in effecting positive change. As the echoes of footsteps faded, the spirit of solidarity and commitment to advancing the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities continued to resonate throughout the community. For those seeking further information or opportunities to support St. Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre’s initiatives, Precious (public relations) can be reached at 0772 864 188.

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