The largest charity event on the NSW racing calendar
2021 is the 23rd anniversary of the Might and Power Race Day and since its inception has raised over $6.1 million in funding. These funds have provided vital therapy, respite services and supported a number of other programs for children living with cerebral palsy and their families.
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Every 20 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy.
Making it the most common physical disability in childhood for which there is no known cure.
With your help nothing is impossible
All funds raised from the Might and Power Race Day will go towards research and creating awareness of cytomegalovirus (CMV), a known cause of cerebral palsy. CMV is a common herpesvirus that circulates widely in the community. If CMV is passed from mother to baby during pregnancy, the virus can cause damage to the baby’s developing brain.
Pregnant women with young children are at increased risk of CMV, with toddlers and preschoolers prone to catching and transmitting the virus to their mothers.
Every year in Australia around 2000 babies are born with CMV, of these 400 will go on to have long-term disabilities including deafness, epilepsy, intellectual impairment and cerebral palsy.
There are simple hygiene strategies that can reduce the risk of infection in pregnancy, however most women have never heard of CMV. Concerningly, Australian research has found that less than 10% of maternity health professionals routinely discuss CMV with women in their care. This is why we need urgent funding to raise awareness of CMV and these important CMV prevention strategies.
Your support of Might and Power will help us create awareness into CMV and fund research to prevent cerebral palsy.