Mick auctions his beard for Shake It Up
Tuesday, 7th April 2020

We’ve had lots of inspirational fundraising stories come through this week as Pause 4 Parkinson’s kicks off the month of April. Our supporters are coming up with ever more ingenious and interesting ways to fundraise during these unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic times.

Today, we wanted to feature Mick, who shaved his beard earlier this week due to a new directive from his Boss. Mick took this opportunity to fundraise for Shake It Up, auctioning off his beard trimmings and a video of him shaving to the highest bidder and encouraging all bidders to donate too. What a great idea!

Mick did a fantastic job of fundraising and the winning bid was $300 with many more donations still coming through. We asked him a couple of questions about his fundraising and what a cure to Parkinson’s means to him.


What did you do to shake things up?

My workplace issued a new directive that all beards must be shaved off immediately through the COVID pandemic so that a face mask can be correctly worn. I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and use this as an opportunity to raise money for charity.  People were able to bid to receive my beard trimmings, with the winning bid being made as a donation to Shake It Up.

Why Shake It Up?

I chose Shake It Up as my dad has Parkinson’s Disease. He is in a nursing home as he is reaching end stage. I am therefore very susceptible to developing it myself. So, research is important to me.


April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and our annual Pause 4 Parkinson’s campaign. We are asking you, our Parkinson’s community, to share your own inspirational stories to help others living with this debilitating disease.

You can get involved by sharing your story on social media and tagging @shakeitupaust and using the hashtag #pause4parkinsons


If you have the means to fundraise, we’ve got lots of innovating fundraising stories and ideas available.