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Spina Bifida Week Needs Community Support - NSW Australia

Author: Department of aging, Disability and Home Care

Published: 2010-09-01

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Minister for Disability Services has called on Australians seeking to support Spina Bifida Awareness Week.

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Spina bifida is the second most common physical disability in Australia, affecting two in every 1,000 births.

Minister for Disability Services has called on people seeking to support Spina Bifida Awareness Week to bid for doodling or caricatures done by a famous Australian at the annual Celebrity Doodle Auction on Wednesday night.

Minister Peter Primrose said that the auction, run by Northcott Disability Services, hoped to raise $10,000 for children and adults with a disability.

Mr Primrose said that spina bifida was the second most common physical disability in Australia, affecting two in every 1,000 births.

"Spina bifida is caused in pregnancy when some bones in the baby's spine do not close properly when the spine develops, making it one of the most complex congenital disabilities.

"However, in most cases, and depending on the severity of the disability, their age and their opportunities to socialize and mature the child will be able to grow up and live an independent adult life in the community."

Mr Primrose said that a host of famous people including David Boon, Dick Smith and Adam Spencer would doodle or have caricatures done of themselves at the event.

"The auction will be held at the KPMG Building, 10 Shelley Street, Sydney on Wednesday beginning at 6.30pm.

"It gives people the chance to buy artwork that is different to the norm and to support a very worthwhile organization."

For more information about Spina Bifida Awareness Week and the Celebrity Caricature Auction visit: www.northcott.com.au/events.php

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