Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentice Campaign

Ruqi 31 July 2012
group photo

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance has contacted us to let us know about their Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentices Campaign, which has so far raised over $13,000.

The concept for this campaign consists of 12 high profile Canberrans to become Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentices. Each Apprentice is fundraising for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance for a period of five months (July – November) through a variety of events and activities that they are hosting.

Each Apprentice has their own unique fundraising web page. Donations can be made on-line to your favourite celebrity or you can check out what fundraising events they are holding.


At the completion of the fundraising campaign we will host a fundraising dinner (Saturday 24 November at the Hellenic Club) where the ‘Charity Apprentices’ will be put through a series of fun and interactive challenges on the night. Examples of these challenges might include; an Elvis impersonation, icing and decorating a cake, painting or drawing a self portrait, singing a song with the band, creating a balloon sculpture and others to be decided – ideas are very welcome! After each challenge round, our guest celebrity judges will determine the winner of the challenge and the bottom two ‘Charity Apprentices’ will be ‘fired’ by the host.

Guests at the dinner will be encouraged to add to the celebrities fundraising tally by donating to their favourite Celebrity. After completing the series of challenges, the final celebrity will be announced the ‘Canberra Celebrity Apprentice for 2012’. The dinner event will also include a silent auction and raffle to increase our fundraising results and the great party band Jelly Bean Jam.

Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $100,000.

Funds raised from this campaign will be used to provide services, programs, specialised equipment, clinics and therapy hours for our babies, children and teenagers with cerebral palsy and their families living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

Cerebral Palsy is a permanent disability which affects movement. Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy – that means one in four hundred babies. There is no known cure and for most the cause is not fully understood.

1 in 3 children are unable to walk
1 in 5 children are unable to talk
1 in 4 children has epilepsy
People with cerebral palsy may also have impairments affecting their vision, hearing or intellect

Although we do not receive any funding from the ACT government, for the past 8 years we have been able to offer therapy services and new programs that were previously not available in Canberra. These professional services have been sponsored by wonderful donors and our corporate partners and our major sponsor, ClubsACT. However there are significant funds needed to continue these services and fund euipment and this is where we are seeking your support for this event.

Group photo courtesy Cerebral Palsy Alliance:
Front Row L- R
Annie Ribbons (Griffin Day Spa), Greg Robson ‘Robbo’ (Media Director, coordinate), Alex (mini Mr Bouris), Gemma Coombe (WIN TV), Suzie Hoitink (Clear Complexions),

Back Row L – R
Jason Roses (LJ Hooker), Billy Giampaolo (Elite Physique), Phillip Jones (Schmooze), Sue King (Vice President, Women in Racing), Jodi Shepherd (Hot Shots Photography), Renee Paton (mum of Alex who has cerebral palsy), Alan Broomby (Community CPS Australia), Jesse Mogg (Brumbies Fullback)

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