For this family the biggest reward is the sense of fulfilment which comes from seeing through a promise they made to their Mum who lived with Parkinson’s. I know Mum would love what we are doing and would feel proud of us for continuing to fight this disease in her name.
What drives your commitment to Parkinson’s disease?
Almost 2 years ago we lost our Mum to Parkinson’s Plus. It is a horrid debilitating neurological condition which strips the dignity of its sufferers. To prevent or reduce the impact Parkinson’s may have on other families is our major driving force. We hope it does not visit our family again, but if it does it is reassuring to know we have been proactive in trying to fight it.
Why shake it Up?
The first we heard of Shake it Up was from one of Mum’s Professors. He is heavily involved in Parkinson’s research in Australia and Shake it up assists him to connect with other major research centres worldwide. This significantly improves efficiency which will hopefully expedite the cure for Parkinson’s. We also like that, thanks to the generosity of the Shake it Up Founders, 100% of supporter’s money goes towards research and does not get caught up in administration.
Tell us what you are doing to Shake it up?
My brothers and I plus our respective wives and husbands are all in the thick of middle age and thought doing a team Tri would be a great way to break some bad habits and do something together in memory of Mum. We mentioned it to our Kingscliff cousins and, without too much persuasion; they decided to enter a team too.
One of the biggest shake ups is my husband offering to wax his legs if we got to $5000 and his chest if we got to $7000. He is a hairy man and our supporters have been generous so a salon appointment has been made!
I have really enjoyed the banter and the fun that has become a staple of this fundraiser. I am so proud of my family and friends for supporting us so readily.
The biggest reward for me is sense of fulfilment which comes from seeing through a promise I made to Mum. I know Mum would love what we are doing and she would feel proud of us for continuing to fight this disease in her name.
Best advice for people looking to shake it up?
Really think about what you want to achieve before you start and how much time you have/are willing to commit. While it is good to look for ideas from other people I think it is vital to personalise your goal – ‘run your own race’ as such.
Then pick up the phone and ring ‘Shake it Up’ – 1300 361 803
To support the team you can visit their fundraising page.
Do you want to make a difference too? Registrations are now open for our World Parkinson’s Day campaign in April – Pause 4 Parkinson’s 2017. Learn more about how your can get involved and help shake things up for a cure.