World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 60 countries. Our vision is to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. It is only together, that we can make that happen.
Green is the official colour of cerebral palsy and reflects the concept of growth. In 2015, City of Vancouver Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer recognized World CP Day with an official proclamation and Vancouver City Hall was lit green.
In 2016, we lit British Columbia green, with landmarks in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Duncan, Vancouver, Whistler and more lighting up in recognition. We also saw city councils from Oak Bay to Fort St John proclaim World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Here are Fort St John residents Melissa and Wyatt De Groot telling their council why World CP Day is important.
This year we want your help.
Will you ask your mayor to proclaim World CP Day?
How to find contact details
Search in Google for your city’s website and proclamation policy. Some cities, like Vancouver, will have a form to fill out or a specific person to email, otherwise you can direct your request to your mayor. Wikipedia has a list of the current mayor’s in BC. Their email should be available on your city’s website.
Write your letter
Feel free to use our template (below) and be sure to include a draft proclamation. Consider adding something personal to your letter, such as how CP has affected you and what you’d like to see your community do differently (are buildings and sidewalks accessible? etc).
Let us know when you’ve sent a letter and whether you hear back. That way we can update our list as we go to make sure we don’t duplicate efforts.
This World CP Day, we want everyone in the CP community to take part! Can we count on you?