Changes are ahead for Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s early diagnosis clinic in Randwick, Sydney following a grant from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
The clinics aim is to fast-track early diagnoses of the condition, which research shows is critical, especially within a child’s first year of life. As well as supporting the clinic at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, clinics in the Hunter and Prairiewood will receive funding to provide free access to these services.
According to Coca Cola senior commercial manager Tabitha Satkunarajah, the grant gives “hope for families like mine”. Having a child with cerebral palsy is a real eye-opener that perfectly connects my work life at Coca-Cola with my home life as a mum, she said.
“The Randwick Early Diagnosis Clinic was our first clinic and it’s already a game-changer as it brings essential services closer to families who need them most,” CP Alliance chair of Cerebral Palsy Research, Professor Nadia Badawi said.
CPA is one of 38 charities to receive funding as part of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s 2023 Employee Connected Grants program, sharing more than $568,000, its biggest pool yet for the foundation.
The foundation supports charitable initiatives across a diverse array of programs, from disaster preparedness to citizen science projects.
To learn more about the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation and its grants, visit: https://www.coca-cola.com/au/en/media-center/apply-for-a-coca-cola-australia-foundation-grant
To learn more about Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Early Diagnosis Clinic visit: https://cerebralpalsy.org.au/services/early-diagnosis/