Even via email, we can tell Annie is passionate! She’s our hero this week because she and a friend are taking on a huge 20km walk to raise funds and awareness towards a cure for Parkinson’s – all inspired by her Dad.
Annie showed others she was passionate about a cure for Parkinson’s and the response has been massive. In just two days, she has already raised over $3,000 and counting as generous friends and family show their support.
We asked Annie to share a bit about her passion and why she’s decided to challenge herself for Parkinson’s.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinsons?
The main commitment drive to finding a cure for Parkinsons for me is my Dad. Back in 2018 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I was clueless as to what it was and how it will affect him. Since then I’ve done research and was stunned to see how prevalent it is worldwide yet how little talk there is regarding it. I was oblivious to the disease until Dad was diagnosed so mainly wish to raise awareness and hopefully in future we can find a cure.
What are you doing to ‘shake things up’?
My friends and I will be walking 20 km together in the hope of increasing awareness and raising money towards curing Parkinsons Disease. Hopefully, if all goes well, I’ll continue to do more fundraisers in the future too! There’s never too many
Why did you choose Shake It Up?
I chose Shake It Up as it’s a not-for-profit organisation who strive to working towards slowing and ultimately stopping the progression of Parkinsons. They were a vibrant and lively organisation that I resonated with. Isobel has also helped me so much throughout the fundraiser, evidently showing how caring and supportive the workers are.
What advice do you have for others?
Go for it! Nothing is stopping you from putting yourself out there and taking the next step. Even just the smallest amount of funds can help towards increasing awareness and ultimately a cure. If you have a positive mindset, anything’s possible.
As we navigate 2021 together, Shake It Up would like to thank our supporters who have been so integral to our success in 2020.
Help us take on 2021 together: spread awareness about Parkinson’s disease with your community and get involved with fundraising for research towards a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Find out more today about how you can help by contacting our Community Fundraising and Events Manager, Isobel or see more information on ways to get involved on our website.