Today is International Women’s Day with the theme will you #BeBoldForChange . It’s a terrific initiative which encourages everyone to take ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
Women are not immune from Parkinson’s Disease and at Shake It Up we are fortunate to have some terrific female Ambassadors who support Pause 4 Parkinson’s. Our Ambassadors all have a personal connection to Parkinson’s, and they lend their voice to the thousands around Australia uniting to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s.
Ambassador Liz Cantor – Television Presenter, Channel 7
Liz’s passion for Shake It Up is drawn from her own exposure to Parkinson’s disease. Liz’s Grandmother who was a prima-ballerina dancing for Germany and her grandfather both suffered from Parkinson’s and her uncle currently lives with the disease. For Liz, seeing her grandmother, a woman of such grace and stature, lose control of her body was heart-wrenching. Through a friend she heard about Shake It Up Australia Foundation and within days met with Founder Clyde Campbell to offer her assistance.
Phoebes Garland – Fashionista, Co-Owner Garland & Garland, mother and wife.
Phoebes has been on the Parkinson’s journey with her husband Robert, since his diagnosis two years ago. She has seen him struggle with some of the symptoms and medications, some of which have not been very effective. She recently shared their story as a part of Shake It Up’s #pause4parkinsons campaign in celebration of World Parkinson’s Day in April. Since then, Phoebes has become a passionate supporter of Shake It Up, with a strong desire to remove the stigma associated with Parkinson’s and to be an ambassador.
Kate Matheson – International business magazine and website Editor, contributor at news.com.au and Huffington Post, self-confessed geek girl.
Experiencing her first symptoms of Early Onset Parkinson’s at just 29, Kate wanted to be involved in doing something proactive as well as raise awareness for the everyday young Australians also living with Parkinson’s.
“I have watched the passion and commitment that people like Michael J. Fox and Clyde Campbell put into the search for a cure. There is no way that I can sit back and do nothing when they are there to inspire me – sure, we have different journeys, but their path is there to give me strength when I feel like saying ‘no, I can’t do this anymore”.
Sally Obermeder – TV Personality
One of Australia’s most loved personalities, Sally Obermeder is the co-host of Channel 7’s afternoon show The Daily Edition. Launched in June 2013, the show is an exciting combination of breaking news, live interviews and entertainment updates. The live panel show airs weekdays at 2pm.
Sally joined the Shake It Up Team as an ambassador after meeting Clyde Campbell a number of times on the show and learning of the far reaching impact Parkinson’s has on the lives of over 70,000 Aussie families.
We thank our amazing Ambassadors for helping us Shake thing Up for cure and supporting the 80,000 Aussies living with Parkinson’s.
Find out how you can make a difference too, by getting involved in our Pause 4 Parkinson’s campaign this April.
Together we can make a difference