Shake It Up Supporters Run for a Reason
Tuesday, 14th May 2024

Scott and Robyn Run for a Reason

This year, we have 22 fundraisers participating in the HBF Run for a Reason in Perth, the first time Shake It Up has been part of this event! Together, they have already raised over $3,000 for Parkinson’s research.

We spoke with two participants, Scott, and Robyn, who are both completing the 12km course, to find out about their experience training for the event, their commitment to fundraising for Parkinson’s research and more.

Is this the first time you’ve competed in the HBF Run for a Reason challenge? Why did you choose it?

Scott: I have run in the HBF fun run at least 7 times, my first memory was the 12Km in 2015 and the 21Km in 2016.

Robyn: This year will be my second HBF Run for a Reason. I recently started running again through my local ParkRun and was looking for something to challenge myself and a reason to maintain a commitment.

What made you decide to fundraise for Parkinson’s through this event?

Scott: Nearly 6 and a half years ago I was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s at age 41. I know now a lot more about the all of the efforts from a large portion of the Parkinson’s community, be it GPs, Neurologists, Nurses or people suffering from Parkinson’s. All of whom put in huge efforts to keep themselves well and to keep others well while doing their best to halt, reverse or even try cure the disease.

Robyn: My cousin was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young age so it is a cause close to my heart. Over 38 Australians are diagnosed every day and over 200,000 Australians are living with Parkinson’s. Vital research is needed to find better treatments on a path to a cure. Research isn’t free so the opportunity to assist with fundraising is an honour.

Why did you choose to raise funds for Shake It Up Australia?

Scott: Shake It Up are an amazing foundation and they really utilise every cent of the funding they receive to benefit people in a positive way.

Robyn: When I saw Shake It Up Australia was a charity to fundraise for, I quickly went to the website. After reading about the research projects and how 100% of funds go to research I knew I’d found my ‘Reason’. The podcast is also a great listen and gives listeners an insight into the struggles people living with Parkinson’s and their carers face.

What is your advice for others hoping to make a difference for Parkinson’s?

Scott: Making a difference to people suffering from Parkinson’s is all about people being educated about how the disease starts and evolves. If there is some way they can contribute to the fight for a cure, or just to help a family member, neighbour, friend or work colleague out. Some times just lending an ear can make a big difference.

Robyn: Every donation helps so don’t be afraid to give it a go! I’ve had fantastic support from the Shake It Up team which has made it easy. The further we spread awareness, the closer we are to a cure.

You can find out more about the HBF Run for a Reason event or support our fundraisers here.