Our hero this week is Michelle who set herself the challenge of 200km of walking and cycling in the month of May for Parkinson’s. Along with a couple of friends, she absolutely crushed her challenge, adding a further 50km to her challenge as she had extra time and raising $3,562!
Challenges are such a great way to make a difference towards better treatments for Parkinson’s through fundraising. Challenges aren’t too tricky to start and can be set to your desired level of effort while staying within any local restrictions.
We spoke to Michelle to hear more about her challenge experience and find out how easy it was to get started.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
My uncle has Parkinson Disease and it breaks my heart to see him feeling unwell. I really wanted to do something in a small way to help find a cure.
What did you do to ‘shake things up’?
I rode and walked 200km in the month of may. Which actually turned into 250km as I had time to spare.
Were there any challenges along the way?
I actually didn’t find it too challenging, my auntie who did this with me was a great support in also finding people to donate. A lot of my uncles nearest & dearest donated. Which is a true testament to how much everyone cares about him, and finding a cure.
Do you have any advice to others looking to challenge themselves for Parkinson’s?
Just get in and have a go, you just never know unless you have a go. I aimed at fundraising $500 at first & ended up getting over $3500!!!
You can make a difference by challenging yourself for Parkinson’s and fundraising. Run, walk, dance, swim, cycle or something of your own imagination! 100% of the funds you raise will go directly to Australian Parkinson’s research. Find out more today.