Special Recognition Award


OCTOBER 5, 2016


As a child, he told people he was run over by a trailer rather than admit to having a disability.

But last week, in front of friends, family and co-workers- Max Cole stood proud. The 31-year-old caregiver from Whangarei was awarded the Unsung Hero award for service to the Disabled Community.

The award was created by the Cerebral Palsy Society to mark World CP Day on October 5. Max, a caregiver for CCS and Geneva Healthcare - was the first recipient of the nationwide award presented today at CCS Whangarei

“It’s a real eye-opener seeing people in our community that dedicate their everyday lives to helping others,” says CP Society Partnership Manager Martin Pepperell. It just shows that it’s all about our ability, not our disability.”

Max, who has mild cerebral palsy affecting the movement to one side of his body, is a caregiver for people with disability in the Whangarei area. He works up to 50 hours per week, in a variety of shifts.

“Some of these people have no one else,” says Max. “I enjoy talking to them, hearing their stories and keeping them company.”

“It’s his empathy towards others that makes Max stand out as a caregiver and a valued member of our community,” says Mr Pepperell.

Pippa Bourke
Freelance Journalist
021 740 448

This was a special ward to recognize Max’s work in the community to mark World CP Day. Our apologies for the delay of the Prize Draw which will take place shortly, date to be announced soon!