Cerebral Palsy Awareness campaign celebrated in Sligo

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The second annual Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day was celebrated in Sligo this week.

BALLOONS: Christopher Keenaghan prepares to release green balloons to mark Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
BALLOONS: Christopher Keenaghan prepares to release green balloons to mark Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

The national event, organised by Bundoran native Christopher Keenaghan, was launched last year and proved to be a major success.

Christopher is a student at the National Learning Network in Sligo and is also a monthly columnist with the Sligo Weekender.

A number of volunteers, including Ruairi McKiernan of the Member State Council in Dublin, Mayor Thomas Healy, ex-Sligo Rovers player Ciaran Kelly, Aaron Costello of Sligo Sports Partnership and Alan Sayers of Sligo Mountain Rescue took part in a challenge as part of the awareness campaign where they experienced moving around Sligo in a wheelchair and later highlighted what they learned from it, including their account of the challenge of tasks such as using an ATM machine or simply getting from one side of the street to another.

The colour green is largely associated with Cerebral Palsy awareness and everyone in attendance was encouraged to don a shade of green and take part in the Green Selfie campaign.

The theme continued throughout the day as green balloons were released, followed by Hyde Bridge being illuminated in a verdant glow that evening.

The National Learning Network provides a variety of training courses and support services for people who need specialist support.

There are 50 centres located around Ireland, offering nationally recognised qualifications.

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