Rowena’s Dad Inspired her to Make a Difference

Inspired by her Dad and creating a better future for those with Parkinson’s, our hero this week Rowena set out to complete 100km of running during the month of September. Rowena smashed her target and raised over $5,000 for Parkinson’s Research.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

I came across Clyde and Shake It Up whilst reading an article in the North Shore Times about my Dad’s neurologists Drs Cook and Silberstein. Clyde’s story immediately struck a cord. Both Clyde and Dad were diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their 40’s and both had young families. Clyde’s positivity, and determination to make a difference ensuring every cent goes directly towards research, plus his strategic partnering with the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research reinforced my decision to help. 

What drives your commitment to find a cure for Parkinson's?

My Dad has suffered Parkinson’s for 30 years now and while it’s ultimately too late to help him I hope that one day soon there will be a cure so no person nor family has to live with this devastating disease. I hope my fundraising initiative will raise much needed funds for further research into better treatment and hopefully a cure.

Tell us how your month long challenge went.

During the month of September I challenged myself to run 100kms. I started running for fitness only a year and a half ago, and after achieving a few personal goals, I thought why not run and possibly give back. I have a healthy, able body so why not make the most of it! On 1st September (Father’s Day) I commenced my 100kms in 30 days running challenge. On average I ran 5 days a week for around 4-5kms each day. I finished off my 100kms on 30th September raising more than $5000 for Shake It Up.

Who supported you to complete the challenge?

My family were a huge support during my challenge. My husband (Mark), sister (Jill), brother (Brad), my nephew (Blake) all joined me on a few runs during the month, and my wonderful Mother was a constant support. My children (Max and Izzy) were also incredibly proud of me undertaking this challenge. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and encouragement from friends and family around the world and I received a steady stream of messages of support.

What would you recommend to others looking to challenge themselves for Shake It Up?

Set yourself a personal challenge, something you enjoy, push yourself a bit further and just do it. While undertaking your challenge you can raise awareness and much needed funds for Shake It Up. The whole experience for me was tremendously rewarding.

To hear more of Rowena’s story or to show your support visit her fundraising page.