This week Shake It Up welcomed Vanessa Kelso who joined the team as our Communications Manager. With extensive communications experience in the not-for-profit sector Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge to the role which will be instrumental in helping Shake it Up to connect with more and more Aussies passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson’s.
On her second day in the role we asked Vanessa a few questions about the not for profit sector, her desire to join Shake It Up and how the Shake It Up community can help to share our message.
What drives you to contribute to the not-for-profit sector?
Working on the NFP sector has always been my passion. I enjoy the fact that I can use my skills and knowledge to help promote and further a cause. It definitely makes it easier to get up in the morning knowing that when you go to work you are going with cause and passion to make a difference in the world.
What attracted you to Shake It Up?
I’m passionate about medical research, I believe there is hope and a cure for Parkinson’s it’s just about ensuring that Australia’s best research brains have the funding to find it. I also love that Shake It Up is unique in that 100% of donations made go towards the research so supporters can be confident that every dollar donated is making a difference.
What are you most looking forward to about the role?
Meeting the people! I am so excited to meet our supporters and researchers alike! I love to hear people’s stories and learn about their background and experiences. Knowing that Parkinson’s affects no two people the same I want to connect with people to hear about how Parkinson’s affects their life whether it be personally or through a family, friend or colleague. I also can’t wait to speak with our researchers to hear about what they are working on and how it will improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and eventually find a way to make Parkinson’s a thing of the past.
How can the Shake It Up community help to share the message about Parkinson’s and the need for research?
I believe one of the best ways to share the message is to share your story. Word of mouth is everyone’s most valuable asset. In fact – if you are feeling confident, why not share your personal story with us like these people did>