Pause 4 Parkinson’s IMPACT
Wednesday, 17th March 2021

Pause 4 Parkinson’s 2021 is just a couple of weeks away! How quickly this year has flown by. April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day, and throughout the month of April fundraising will be taking place all over the world with one goal in mind: a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. This year, we’ll be focusing on the word IMPACT, and what it means for the Parkinson’s community.

Since our inception we have co-funded 50 research projects across 13 Australian research institutes to the value of $15 million.


What does IMPACT stand for?


Innovation is critical in Parkinson’s research as we search for a cure. Shake It Up has been committed to funding globally competitive, non-redundant research. Upon receipt of funding applications from Australian researchers and research institutes, an independent scientific panel at Michael J. Fox Foundation reviews each proposal and determines its competitiveness against all Parkinson’s research proposals globally. Those with the most potential to be readily transformed into clinical testing and practical relevance for patients are selected for further review with the expert panel prior to approval. By placing a strong emphasis on translational and clinical research, we ensure that new ideas are constantly flowing into the drug development pipeline. Find out more about current research projects. 


Our mission keeps us focused on just one goal – finding better treatments to prevent, slow and stop the progression of Parkinson’s, leading us to a cure.


Parkinson’s affected 200,000 people in Australia alone and a new person is diagnosed every 40 mins. Our vision is for a world without Parkinson’s. Sharing our Parkinson’s stories is a powerful way to get the message out, encourage others and foster a community spirit. The impact of Parkinson’s needs to be known and shared. Read some of our Parkinson’s stories here. 


Raising awareness is just as important as fundraising and donating. The more people know about Parkinson’s, the bigger the impact we can all have. Make a difference to your community by sharing Parkinson’s stories, facts and inspiring others to get involved.


Being effective in speeding up a cure for Parkinson’s means working together. We can have more impact as a team. We are so proud of our collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation which ensures an international focus for Parkinson’s research. We are also collaborating every day with our community fundraisers, sponsors and supporters who raise funds towards a cure and spread awareness about Parkinson’s.



Better treatments for Parkinson’s would make a huge impact for people affected, as well as their family and friends. We’re committed to finding those treatments but we need your help.


Get involved in Pause 4 Parkinson’s this April and make a difference. Donate or fundraise towards a cure and be part of the impact we are having on the future of Parkinson’s.

You can register your fundraising here or contact our Community Fundraising and Events Manager, Isobel for more information.

Shake It Up are grateful for our incredible community members whose fundraising efforts play an integral role in helping us advance research towards a cure. Let’s make Pause 4 Parkinson’s 2021 the best year yet!