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 Foundation Australia with one mission – to increase awareness and funding in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately the cure.
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 $10.8 Million into Parkinson’s Research in Australia and are now the leading non-government funder of Parkinson’s research across multiple institutes.
Clyde started as an electrical apprentice in country NSW. In 1987, Clyde started his own company Machinery Automation & Robotics which grew to 70 staff, servicing Australian and international clients with high-tech automation and robotic solutions from offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In 2008 the business was named the Telstra Australian Business of the Year. His vision for technology was the driving force behind his rapid progression from apprentice to CEO. Clyde is a man who likes to ‘get things done’. In January 2015 the company was sold to Scott Technology but Clyde’s has continued to be part of the business. His role now sees him focus on new technologies, business development and acquisitions for the group.
In 2009 Clyde was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 44. Clyde lives now with his wife and three children in Sydney, Australia.
Clyde was diagnosed after noticing a tremor in his left hand holding notes when presenting at a company meeting. The question Clyde asks himself is one that more than 100,000 Australians with Parkinson’s have no doubt asked: “Why me?”
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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 take to assessing, funding and project managing 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 100,000 other Australians living with the disease.
Clyde and Michael appeared on Channel 7’s Sunday Night Program
Clyde 10 Years after Diagnosis
These days Clyde keeps himself very busy with his role as the Technology Development Manager for Scott Automation & Robotics. 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 athletic 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.