Our heroes this week are the lovely folk at Dunalley and Marion Bay Sailing Club who recently hosted a ‘Pirates of the Peninsula’ fundraising party for Shake It Up. Being in Tasmania, the crew were lucky enough to host an in person event with an auction and loads of pirate-themed fun! Together, they raised an amazing $2,060 for Parkinson’s Research.
We chatted with Alice who helped organise the evening about their motivation.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
Every couple of years we put on a big fundraiser party for our local Sailing Club. The funds pay for insurance and repairs on the little boats. This year we were just getting to the planning stage, when a second loved member of our community was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We decided while raising a little from our ticket sales for our club, we would put on an auction to raise money to help find a cure for this terrible disease. When we spoke to sponsors they often had stories of parents and friends who are affected, and it illustrated how many people have a connection with this disease, and the importance of research into funding a cure.