Brisbane’s largest family accessible event has been recognised in this years Lord Mayor’s Australia Day awards, taking out the title of ‘Community Event of the Year’ in a ceremony on Thursday 22nd January.

Over its six years, CPL’s Picnic in the Park and has attracted more than 30,000 people while celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities and promoting an inclusive society for all people.

Picnic in the Park, presented by Treasury Casino and Hotel, is considered one of Brisbane’s premier outdoor festivals, bringing families together to enjoy a fun and exciting day out while also raising valuable funds for CPL.

The popular family event kicks off the start of national Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, which will run this year from 26 July to 1 August.

CPL Board Chair Helen Darch said that CPL was honoured to be recognised in the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day awards this year.

“It’s a privilege to bring Picnic in the Park to the community every year and I am delighted to accept this award for CPL,” Ms Darch said.

“Picnic in the Park is our favourite time of year; we get to celebrate our clients’ progress and achievements to the community.

“Queensland wouldn’t be the same without the important contribution that thousands of people with disabilities make every year.

“There is no doubt that this year’s Picnic in the Park, on Sunday 26th July will be bigger and better than ever!” she said.

Ms Darch said the funds raised from Picnic in the Park allow CPL to support thousands of children and adults to pursue their own personal goals and passions.

“With therapy and support services from CPL, thousands of Queensland children and adults now have the best opportunity to live the live they choose.

“We work alongside our clients in their homes and communities, supporting them as they achieve their goals like communicating, increasing their mobility, going to school or university, living on their own, finding a job and actively contributing to their communities,” Ms Darch explained.

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