Our hero this week hosted a Music Gig to support his Dad who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. For Iain, it was fantastic to raise funds for Parkinson’s research but the ultimate reward was seeing his dad stay until the second last band, chatting with everyone, listening to punk music and enjoying a beer with a giant smile on his face.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
I was complacent towards finding a cure, even when my dad was diagnosed I kind of pushed it aside. It was denial really. It wasn’t until recently that I had a long conversation with Dad and really faced a lot of things together about the reality of the disease and what it entailed. I wanted to do something for my dad, my family and ultimately for the millions diagnosed or affected. It’s the small steps that really count. Seeing how strong and open my father is and continues to be about Parkinson’s is really a model for what I can do to help. The drive is really about us staying connected as a family.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
I had been floating around the idea of doing a benefit gig for a while and was unsure of what charity to attach myself to. Parkinson’s was an obvious one and after researching, Shake It Up seemed right. I checked in with my Dad and he said it was the best one as they are the most invested in research, skewed in favour of actually working towards finding a cure. Shake It Up were super helpful in supporting the event and pointing me in the right direction for fundraising made it that much clearer I was on the right path.
Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?
Putting on this benefit gig has really helped open my eyes. I’m not pretending for a second that I’m some selfless, perfect human. I’m certainly flawed but being able to contribute to a community and give back at the same time was incredibly inspiring for me to try it again. I have this idea of becoming a not for profit promoter, putting on community-driven events or gigs that help raise awareness for a particular cause or issue. Starting small and realistic is key, so I’m just making sure to keep the conversation about Parkinson’s alive, trying to be open, kind and connected with my family and friends. It can be hard at times, I’ve often disconnected myself in trying times, but in the long run it’s worth it.
Kind of similar to what I stated above. The rewards are never monetary. Of course, it was amazing to raise what I did for Shake It Up. Ultimately though it was seeing my dad stay until the second last band, chatting with everyone, listening to punk music and enjoying a beer with a giant smile on his face. That was huge to see. To witness all the bands come together in support of the event and really work to promote not only the cause but a healthy, inclusive scene. The collaboration of people for a thing that was bigger than just one person is super special to be a part of and I am thankful to get even a tiny bit of that.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
I’m not really sure I feel comfortable offering up advice. Especially as I’m probably still searching for some of my own. I guess it comes down to the bigger picture of belief and pursuit of an idea that means something to you. If it doesn’t scare you a little bit then you’re probably not shaking things up correctly.
With Pause 4 Parkinson’s running right throughout April there is still time to get involved and raise funds for research. Find out how you can get involved.