Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week is a chance for the CLAPA Community to spread the word and educate the general public about a condition that is still not very well known. Even though three babies are born with a cleft every day in the UK, many people haven’t heard of the condition, don’t know what it means, or still use outdated and offensive terms like ‘harelip’.
With your help, we can raise awareness of cleft lip and palate as well as vital funds for CLAPA, and we can make ignorance about cleft a thing of the past.
CLAPA is a small charity with no government funding, and we rely entirely on donations and grants from generous members of the public to continue with our work. Like many other smaller organisations, the current economic climate is making things difficult for us. If you would like to make a donation or even organise an event of your own such as a coffee morning or cake sale, visit the Fundraising section above for more information.
We want you to use Awareness Week to make CLAPA and cleft lip and palate as visible as possible in your local communities. Whether you can put up a few posters or use the opportunity to tell your personal story to friends and colleagues, every little helps! We have a number of resources available to help with this, but if you’ve got an idea of your own then please let us know, as we’d love to hear from you.
If you live near London, Brighton, Manchester, Sheffield or Derry, why not join us on one of our Sponsored Walks? The entry fee is £5, but there is no minimum sponsorship requirement and each walker gets a free t shirt. These simple and family-friendly walks are the perfect chance to meet others locally who are affected by cleft, and with the locations we’ve picked the scenery isn’t bad either!
Focus: Bullying and Self-Image
This year we have chosen to focus on the problem of bullying, which is something many people with a cleft have dealt with while growing up and even in later life. Having a cleft lip and/or palate can sometimes mean you look or sound different to your peers, but being different doesn’t mean you should have to put up with other people picking on you. Check out our resources under the ‘Bullying’ section of the microsite to see what you can do to help.
Our patron Carol Vorderman says: “CLAPA benefits thousands of families affected by cleft lip and palate every year and needs funds in order to survive and continue providing vital services. I would encourage as many people as possible to help out during Awareness Week.”
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