Clyde is the founder of Shake It Up Australia Foundation and has an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for the future. Clyde decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure for Parkinson’s but to join the action. In 2011 he launched Shake It Up Australia Foundation with one mission – to increase awareness and funding in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
Clyde also wanted to ensure that 100% of all donations received went to Parkinson’s research. This commitment is made possible by Clyde and his brother Greg funding all the administration and overhead costs of the foundation. Since 2011 the foundation has co-funded over $22 Million into Parkinson’s Research in Australia and are now the leading non-government funder of Parkinson’s research across multiple institutes.
On 26 January 2021, Clyde was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his significant service to community health, particularly to people living with Parkinson’s disease.
About our Partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Clyde’s search led him to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) in the United States and the remarkable work they do to fund medical research targeted at finding better treatments on the path to a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
The approach MJFF takes to assessing, funding and project managing the world’s best research all over the globe eliminates redundancy, ensures efficiency and unites the global community in the quest to find a cure. Clyde realised that funding Parkinson’s research in partnership with MJFF was the best thing that he could do to help himself, his family and the 150,000 other Australians living with the disease.
"Clyde could sit back and afford to live a private life and to not get involved and deal with his own issues, but Clyde's enthusiasm and his purity of motive is contagious"
Michael J. Fox
Clyde 10 Years after Diagnosis
These days Clyde keeps himself very busy with his role in his various businesses. He also takes on the role as CEO of the foundation and Chairman of the board. Clyde is very active as the foundation spokesperson by raising awareness of Parkinson’s through radio and TV interviews as well as participating in events, meeting up with researchers and Shake It Up supporters.
Clyde manages his Parkinson’s symptoms through a combination of medication and lifestyle choices. He consistently exercises through either a daily run with his very enthusiastic running partner “Zeb the Dog”, or by paddling his surf ski around the harbour. He also ensures he keeps a healthy lifestyle and gets a good nights sleep.
Not all days go according to plan, but it never stops him.