This weekend our heroes Alec and Megan are swimming 19.7km in one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim. Seeing the impact that Parkinson’s has had on their Pop inspired them to get involved and fundraise for research. The thought that their efforts could potentially prevent this from happening to other people, drives their commitment to make a difference.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
Our Pop was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about 10 years ago and we have seen a huge decline in his health and well-being since then. The effect that Parkinson’s has had on our Pop and everyone around him was and still is shocking. The thought that our efforts could potentially prevent this from happening to other people, and also better his wellbeing is a major driver in our commitment.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
We chose Shake It Up because they were the foundation that dealt with research towards finding better treatments and a cure for the disease. With our fundraising we want to help find a cure and Shake It Up Australia seemed like the best fit for that.
Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?
We are shaking things up by swimming to Rottnest island! The swim is 19.7km long across the open ocean between Cottesloe beach and Rottnest island. To make this a huge challenge for us we are doing it as a duo, having both completed the swim in teams of 4 twice before. We are hoping our friends, family and anyone else hearing about what we have chosen to do and how we are challenging ourselves will be willing to sponsor our cause and help make the crossing worth while.
The Greatest Reward we could get out of doing this is to make a direct impact on fighting Parkinson’s Disease. We hope that the money we raise can contribute in bettering the livelihood of those suffering from the disease, prevent the disease from occurring in the future, and ultimately finding a cure for the disease.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
Pick a goal and actively seek it! We have raised more money than we ever thought we would and have since doubled our original fundraising goal. With a bit of exposure through media and word of mouth, it’s amazing the generosity of everyone.
Find out how you can get involved this April for World Parkinson’s Day by hosting an event for Pause 4 Parkinson’s. Register today and help make a difference to the lives of over 80,000 Aussies living with Parkinson’s.