Be Green & Be Seen

Be Green & Be Seen this World Cerebral Palsy Day 

Every year, World Cerebral Palsy Day is held on October 6. It’s an opportunity for people around the world to come together to celebrate and support those living with Cerebral Palsy, embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone. 

Every three days a baby is born in NZ with Cerebral Palsy. That’s around one in every 500 babies.
Starting in infancy and lasting for life, Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of childhood disability in this country. 

There are more than 10,000 people living with Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand and it affects more than 17 million people worldwide. 

To celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day, the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand is asking its members, family and friends to Be Green & Be Seen for the day. 

We’re calling on you to dress green in your work place, in your community or at home, and then share photos of you, your family, friends, colleagues, wearing green to Facebook or Instagram.  

Why not go one step further and decorate your letter box with green balloons and this poster, or do some green baking, paint your face green, or dress up as your favourite green character……

Get creative and remember to tag @cpsocietynz and use the hashtags #CPSocietyNZ #BeGreenBeSeen #WorldCerebralPalsyDay when you share your photos. 
Or email your photos to and we’ll share them on our website and our social media channels. 

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement to help create awareness and action around Cerebral Palsy. As Cerebral Palsy looks different on everybody, it is very difficult for people to understand what the diagnosis means. 

Some people’s Cerebral Palsy remains unseen, while for others, their Cerebral Palsy is all that gets seen.

There are millions of reasons why being seen is important to those living with Cerebral Palsy and those who love and support them. Please wear green on October 6 to ensure that every aspect of Cerebral Palsy gets seen. The good, the bad and the ugly of Cerebral Palsy can only change or be celebrated if we allow achievements to be shared and our difficulties to be noted. 

Change starts with conversations and conversations start by being seen. 


Be Green & Be Seen 2021 was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Be Green & Be Seen 2021. We had a lot of fun dressing in green for the day. We loved seeing all the photos come in, and hearing how people made sure Cerebral Palsy was seen and heard on World Cerebral Palsy Day. 


Check out all the photos here.



For more information, please contact: 

Melanie Louden
Communications Manager
Cerebral Palsy Society of NZ
0800 503 603
022 087 8131