Tell us a bit about yourself and your connection to Parkinson’s.
For those who do not know me, my name is Aidan and I love playing Warhammer 40k (Imperial Guard main if you must know). Let me first honour a particular champion of a human being, James Stewart (our ever-fabulous tournament official [TO]), for helping make this event a reality. A special thanks must also go out to the Tasmania community, the Shake It Up Foundation, Area 52 (our venue and its lovely staff), and to everyone who is helping to make Parkinson’s history. I cannot express enough just how, I am not going to swear, grateful I am.
Before I continue, I would like to include a message from James Stewart regarding his experiences:
“In my previous work as a university researcher, I supported some work conducted to study the emotional impact of Parkinson’s on Parkinson’s sufferers. I was struck by the tenacity, determination, and courage of all the people I worked with. I was also impressed by the new technologies emerging to help address Parkinson’s symptoms. For these reasons I was very happy to get behind this initiative and I would like to thank Aidan for his terrific work organising this. For those who want to make a difference I would say: every little thing you can do counts.” – James Stewart 2022.
When I first proposed this idea, I had several other charities in mind and my lovely partner convinced me to do our part to fight Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s affects two people very close to me and I have seen it’s toll on many, many others directly and indirectly. Parkinson’s sucks, so let’s work to end it together. Let’s work to support each other and make a better and brighter future for everyone.