Wedding expo fundraiser
BRIDES and grooms to be are encouraged to support local business and help fundraise for children with cerebral palsy at this weekend's Ipswich Wedding Expo.
The annual event will this year collect donations to bring specialist therapist Nico Pisanti from the United States to Ipswich.
Parents Dawn and Cameron Wyatt flew to the US in 2012 to access Therasuit treatment for their son Blaise and have previously raised money to bring him to Australia for their son's treatment.
Dawn said they now hoped to offer the same sort of treatment to other families, using the funds raised at the wedding expo.
The money will go towards flights and accommodation as well as reducing the cost of therapy for families.
The four-week therapy regime can cost up to $8000 per child.
Blaise first used the Therasuit in a trip to the US as a three-year-old - it helped strengthen his back muscles and allowed him to sit, stand and ride a special tricycle for the first time.
"The more we raise, the cheaper the therapy becomes," Mrs Wyatt said.
Wedding expo organiser and Adorn Florist owner Raylene Reeve said donations could be made at the door and there would also be raffles on offer.
She encouraged Ipswich couples to support local suppliers by visiting the event.
"Girls don't have to go into Brisbane to arrange a wedding," she said.
The expo will be held at Ipswich Country Motel, formerly called Country Comfort Motel, on South Station Rd this Sunday from 10am-1pm.