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December at the airport dedicated to the Sonček charity

Until the end of this year, there will be a sales exhibition in the departure section of the terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport for Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association. As part of the exhibition, seasonal hand-made gifts will be on sale to passengers and airport visitors.

During this festive month people will be able to view and buy hand-made silk-screen pictures made by people with disabilities from the Sonček Koper Sheltered Work Centre. The pictures come in a range of sizes and motifs, with many portraying Slovenia's coastal towns.

Between 06:30 and 18.00 on 3 December the exhibition will be joined by a stand selling Sonček Association products in the check-in hall, which is freely accessible to the public. The Sonček stand will offer various articles made by hand by people with cerebral palsy from Sonček Centre Kranj. The products, which will make ideal presents (such as greetings cards, puppets, decorations, pottery) for the coming holidays are aimed at passengers, visitors and airport employees. If sales prove successful, the event will be repeated on 10 and 17 December, so the Sonček Association and Aerodrom Ljubljana invite visitors to come and see the Sonček stand in great numbers.

Profits from the sales of the exhibited pictures and stand products will go to help people with disabilities who work at the Sonček sheltered work centres as a reward for their efforts.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is helping to organise these activities in order to further its cooperation with the Sonček Association, which goes back a number of years. The cooperation started in 2006 via the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society which is part of the Sonček Association. We offer the society donations every year, while our employees have also hit upon an interesting way of helping the society out. Every December airport staff collect voluntary contributions, raising money for charity from the sale of things, left by air passengers for security reasons when passing through security check-points. This is fast becoming a tradition, and will be repeated this year.

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Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and apolitical national organisation for disabled people, which was created in 1983 by the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and the Maribor Cerebral Palsy Society. Originally an organisation for parents, it has developed into a professional organisation that operates in the field of protection for disabled people and implementing programmes and services for people with disabilities, professionals in the field, and the parents of children with special needs and their other relatives. This includes services at sheltered work centres and accommodation programmes in residential groups, as well as offering programmes such as rehabilitation, medical therapy colonies, holidays, counselling, education and transport. The association now unites 15 regional cerebral palsy societies, the Premature Baby Assistance Society, the Sonček Club and the Žarek Cerebral Palsy Sports Society. These societies bring together over 4,000 people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their relatives, as well as professionals from this field.

More information is available at: www.soncek.org

Brnik, 01 December 2010