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May update: Trikes for a koha, winter tips, fill in our survey and you could win an iPad

06 Jun 2024

Brrrr – winter surely has arrived. This week has certainly seen some cold temperatures across the motu and wild weather to boot! Be sure to travel safe, and stay warm.   

As always, there is plenty going on here at the Cerebral Palsy Society, so I’ve got lots to share with you.  

Member survey – be in to win an iPad! 

This time last week, we launched our member survey. And we’ve had so many fabulous responses already! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share thoughts, opinions, helpful ideas and appreciation for the mahi we do.  

The survey was sent to current members via email, so if you haven’t filled it in yet, take a look in your inbox and tell us your thoughts.  

We want to hear from you about what works and what doesn’t. What do we do well and what could we do better? 

And to say “thank you!” we’re giving away an Apple iPad to one lucky winner. You just need to fill in your details at the end of the survey to go in the draw.  

The survey closes at midnight on Sunday, June 23.  

Offer a koha for a trike 

You may have seen that the CP Society has made the difficult decision to disestablish the getOnYourTrike programme. 
The decision was prompted by the decline in participation and will enable us to prioritise programmes where the greatest impact can be delivered for our members. 

As part of the programme’s closure, the Society is offering its fleet of trikes to members, and other interested parties, in return for a koha (donation) based on the trike’s valuation.  

The trikes are suitable for ages 3 – 14+. Cogys (pedaling wheelchair) and trailers are also available. 

We’ve had a great response so far, with a number of trikes already sold.  
Click on this link to see the PDF with the trikes that are still available, and to find the link to the form to offer a koha.  SOLD stickers are put on trikes once payment has been received.  

Don’t delay – all sales, collections and deliveries must be completed by June 14. 

If you have any questions, please contact us on 0800 503 603 or email cpsociety@cpsociety.org.nz 

These trikes have plenty of life left in them, and we’re really looking forward to them going to wonderful new homes where they will get plenty of use.  

Be Green & Be Seen 2024 

We know, we know….. it’s only the end of May and Be Green & Be Seen isn’t until October….. 

BUT we were in the studio earlier this month with the young man who is the face of this year’s fundraising and awareness campaign.   

We’re not going to give too much away…..other than to say Ryan was an absolute super star in front of the camera and this year’s campaign is going to be F-U-N!  

Get your green thinking caps on and WATCH THIS SPACE! 

If you want to get in touch with us and discuss any ideas you have for how you are going to take part in this year’s campaign, then please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.  
Phone 0800 503 603 or email cpsociety@cpsociety.org.nz 

If you want to learn more about Be Green & Be Seen, check out all the info here. These pages still feature Kevin – last year’s super star in front of the camera. Ryan will be hitting your screens in the coming months. 

Keeping warm this winter 

Considering winter’s obvious arrival this week, Amy Hogan, our Researcher and Member Support Advisor, has put pen to paper (so to speak) and collated a few tips on keeping warm when you live with Cerebral Palsy – Hōkai Nukurangi. 

Take a look at her article and be sure to keep yourself warm and toasty on these cold winter days.  

Join us at Coffee Group

Have you been to one of our coffee groups yet?

The refreshments at coffee group are on us!    
A companion, support worker and/or family member is welcome to accompany members to these groups. Up to $15 worth of refreshments per person is provided, compliments of the Cerebral Palsy Society.    

We love welcoming new people to the groups, so please get in touch if you’re interested in attending.    

Coffee groups are currently held in Auckland, Masterton, Wellington and Christchurch.  
If you want to attend a coffee group but the day/time/venue of an existing group doesn’t work for you, or there isn’t one in your area, please contact us to discuss your needs.  

Phone 0800 503 603 or email cpsociety@cpsociety.org.nz. 

For all the coffee group venues, dates and times check out our website.    

Thank you to our supporters 

The Cerebral Palsy Society is a charity, and as such we rely on donations and grants to help us do the mahi we do for Kiwis living with Cerebral Palsy – Hōkai Nukurangi. 

We want to give a big shout out to the trusts and foundations that support us. Most recently:  

– Four Winds Foundation  
– ANZ Staff Foundation  
– R
ātā Foundation  

You can check out all the generous trusts and foundations that support us here

Arc NZ Baby – special offer!

The team at ARC NZ BABY has an awesome offer for CP Society members!   

Imagine including your toddler at the bench in the kitchen, in a safe manner that helps grow their confidence and boost their development!   

Go to www.arcnzbaby.com and use the code CP_SOCIETY at checkout to receive $100 off the Arc Assistant 3 In 1 Learning Tower 

The offer expires on 31.12.2024 and is not valid with any other offer.  

There’s more info here. 

Research opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in Cerebral Palsy and disability-related research. Head to our Research Opportunities page for more information.   

– Navigating the SDR journey 
– Abortion is a Human Right and Health Issue: Disabled People’s Experiences of Abortion Services in Aotearoa New Zealand 
– Scientists seek children with Cerebral Palsy – Hōkai Nukurangi for space-like anti-gravity walk 
– Flourishing Together – Including Tāngata Whaikaha Māori and Disabled People in Policy Development 

What’s happening 

– The Focus on Ability™ annual International Short Film Festival challenges filmmakers to create a short (5-minute) film that celebrates the achievements and abilities of people with disability. 
Entries close July 12, 2024 so get creating and get filming!
There’s more information available here 



– The 3rd Ausacpdm and CP Achieve Photo Exhibition is open for entries.
Organisers are welcoming high quality photographs of people with cerebral palsy – Hōkai Nukurangi and childhood onset disability across the lifespan – from infants to adults.
Photographs can portray people by themselves or with others, doing every day or extraordinary things that depict their lives.
The categories are: Family, Fun, Fitness and Friends.
Entries close 11.59pm AEST, Sunday, June 23, 2024.  
More information is available here 

That’s a wrap on a full-on month.  

Please do get in touch if we can help in any way. Our Member Support team is happy to help however they can.  
Phone 0800 503 603 or email cpsociety@cpsociety.org.nz 

We hope you all have a safe, happy and relaxing time this King’s Birthday weekend.  

Ngā mihi,  
Clare and the CP Society team   

Clare Williams 
General Manager