Our Shake It Up hero this week Lisa Sanzogni -Barron. Lisa’s Dad resides in the USA and lives with Parkinson’s. With Lisa living in Australia she wanted to show her support and do her bit to help find a cure. One day she was driving to work and heard our founder Clyde Campbell on the radio talking about our Pause 4 Parkinson’s fundraiser. She just kept hearing this inner voice saying “You can do something small”. Lisa hosted a high tea in her backyard and raised $1500 for research.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
My Dad Luciano lives with Parkinsons’s and also has dementia which is challenging for my mom who is his full-time carer.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
There was just an inner voice saying, “ you can do something small “
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I decided on the high tea for Luciano ….. ladies only …. men welcome but they all served coffee, tea, champagne etc.
I was thrilled as a few local businesses I frequent weekly donated baked goods and other treats and a few close friends baked too.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
In all, it was a great back garden afternoon …. with laughs amidst the serious tone of why we were all there. I raffled off a few items with trivia on Parkinson’s and we also spoke about important aspects of the disease … my dad has it paired with dementia which is challenging for my mom who is the carer with limited support.
I had friends and family from South Africa, Italy and the USA donate to dads fundraising effort and was thrilled with the response.