Our hero this week is Andrew, who recently ran in the Gold Coast Half Marathon for Shake It Up. Andrew had a great time at the event, finishing the half marathon in 1 hour 38 mins and raising $13,874 for Parkinson’s research thanks to his generous friends and family. Congratulations, Andrew!
We spoke with Andrew to hear more about his motivation and inspiration to ‘shake things up.’
What inspires your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
My father suffers from Parkinson’s and seeing first-hand the effects has highlighted the need to try and find a cure for this debilitating disease. The decline in mobility and reduced quality of life brings into sharp focus the need to find a cure. Maintaining independence as you get older is really important and a cure for Parkinson’s would help those people suffering but also benefit the support networks that exist around the families who live with the disease every day.
Tell us about your fundraising and Gold Coast Half Marathon experience?
I was so blown away by the generous support l received from friends, colleagues and my employer. It really shows that the vast majority of the community are caring and supportive people who will back individuals and groups that have the best intentions.
Doing the Gold Coast Half Marathon was a great experience. Starting with nearly 8000 runners at 6am was really exciting and the atmosphere is so positive. We received great support from the spectators over the whole course. The event is really well run and it makes the holiday afterwards extra special.
What advice do you have for others looking to make a difference?
If you’re looking to make a difference for others, just do it because you’ll be surprised at the incredible support you’ll get and the feeling of satisfaction.
Could you fundraise for Parkinson’s and make a difference towards a cure?
100% of the funds you raise will go directly to cutting-edge Australian Parkinson’s research.