Alesia Peng, Hamilton

A Mazda Foundation grant will soon help seven-year-old Alesia Peng from Hamilton get to school.

The grant of $1,800.00 will be used to purchase a tricycle for Alesia who has suffered from diplegic cerebral palsy since birth – a form of cerebral palsy which primarily affects the legs.

Yvonne Peng, Alesia’s mother, says her daughter has used her current tricycle since she was a toddler for transport but has outgrown it. Cycling also ensures Alesia is continually exercising her leg muscles.

“The tricycle is important for social integration, strengthening the weaker muscles, developing speed and coordination and to improve her physical fitness” says Alesia’s physiotherapist, Louise Thomson Rudge.