Shake It Up hero – Stuart Campbell

We often say that if you don’t know someone with Parkinson’s, you soon will. That was certainly the case for Stuart Campbell who was shocked when Clyde Campbell was diagnosed at the age of 44. Stuart has now decided to use his personal and professional contacts to help us shake it up for a cure in Victoria.

Stuart Campbell, Jobe Watson & Clyde Cambpell at the Shake It Up Australia cocktail party in Melbourne hosted by Evans & Partners

Stuart Campbell, Jobe Watson & Clyde Campbell

What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?

I have found neurological disorders particularly frightening as someone who in the past has not had an up close and personal experience with them.  I had a relative who suffered from MS and it was an interesting learning experience for me to find out a little more about how the brain works in sending signals to the body.  The more I was able to learn about disorders such as MS, Motor Neurone, and Parkinson’s and the efforts that are going towards creating awareness and in turn trying to find a cure, the more interested I have become in being able to support where I can.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

I’ve been lucky enough to have Clyde and Greg Campbell as a couple of my peers since a young age.  I have closely followed their careers as determined and successful businessmen and when Clyde was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, apart from the initial shock, I have been amazed at the involvement and commitment that Clyde and Greg have shown in  throwing their weight behind the establishment and growth of the Shake It Up Foundation.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

Recently we held a fundraising function at Evans and Partners, one of Melbourne’s premier stockbroking firms.  It was a fantastic night which included Clyde Campbell telling his Parkinson’s story to the crowd of around 70 supporters.  We also had the opportunity to hear from AFL Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson from the Essendon Football Club, who gave us a bit of an insight into the daily grind of an AFL footballer.  We also were lucky enough to hear a little more from one of our other Shake It Up Heroes Shane Hutton, an Ultra-Marathon competitor who has become a fundraising champion for Shake It Up as a friend of a Parkinson’s sufferer who just wanted to help out.  All Champions in their own right.

Greatest Reward?

I saw Michael J Fox on 60 Minutes last year, and forgive me if I don’t get the quote quite right, but he said in describing the Michael J Fox Foundation as “a Foundation that is in business to go out of business”.  I think that would of course be the greatest reward for all those and those around them that are affected by Parkinson’s in some way.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

There are many ways in which people looking to Shake It Up can get involved.  Whether directly fundraising themselves, perhaps by competing in a fun run or the like and gathering sponsors who donate cash, or perhaps organising a fundraiser promoting awareness of Parkinson’s and awareness of Shake It Up Australia.  I personally am ecstatic about the response from the fundraising event at Evans and Partners, where aside from some fundraising through raffles and silent auctions on the night, some specific partnerships have been forged and relationships strengthened that will help grow the presence of Shake It Up here in Victoria.

Interested in helping us Shake It Up for Parkinson’s in 2014?  Visit our Get Involved page

Read about our other Shake It Up heroes