Our heroes this week are brothers, Rufus and Toby Young. Although they’re only 4 and 2 years old respectively, the little supporters managed to reach out to their local community and raise funds as part of a homemade lemonade stall they set up just in front of their house. The little fellows attracted a great crowd (thanks to their sign and some very vigorous waving at each passing car and pedestrian!). They answered the below questions with the help of their mum, Phoebe.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
We have been hearing lots about Shake It Up ever since our Daddy got involved with the foundation about five years ago. He sits on the board of Shake It Up and we love Clyde, Cazz and all the Campbell family.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
We wanted to help all the people and families who are living with Parkinson’s disease.
Tell us what you did to Shake Things Up?
We went to the markets one Friday morning and bought lots of lemons. We also picked a few green lemons from the tree in our garden. Then we sat on the kitchen bench and juiced all the lemons with our Mummy and Daddy. Mummy then added the juice to boiling water and stirred in some sugar. While the lemonade was cooling, Daddy helped us write a big sign and we drew pictures on it. We asked people for 20c per cup or a small donation. It was a very hot day so we put on our hats and headed to the front of our house with paper cups, ice and a change bowl. Everyone was thirsty so we had lots of customers and they all wanted to stop for a chat and ask us how we made the lemonade and all about Shake It Up. Rufus poured the lemonade from a jug and Toby helped to put the customers’ money in the bowl. At one point, Mummy had to look after the stall while Daddy, Rufus and Toby did a home delivery to the neighbours who wanted four cups! We sold out quickly. It was hard work but it was a fun morning.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
If you are little like us, you could ask your Mum or Dad if they want to help you make lemonade to raise funds for a great cause. We had lots of fun and Mummy said it was a great way to fill in a morning of our Kindy holidays. We raised $56.55 thanks to the generosity of our neighbours and passers-by.
We would love you to get involved in helping to find a cure for Parkinson’s. With Pause 4 Parkinson’s coming up this April for World Parkinson’s Day we encourage you host your own event to help fund research into Parkinson’s. 100% of all funds are directed into research so every $ you raise is making a difference in the fight to cure Parkinson’s.
Together we can make a difference. Register to host an event this April.