Our Top Charity Challenge Fundraisers for 2019
Friday, 7th February 2020

A couple of weeks ago we brought you our top do-it-yourself fundraisers of 2019. This week, we’re celebrating our top fun run and charity challenge fundraisers of 2019. Lots of Shake It Up supporters fundraise through events like City2Surf, Point to Pinnacle, Massive Murray Paddle, Melbourne Marathon, Blackmores Sydney Running Festival…and the list goes on! Fun runs and charity challenges are a great way to push yourself towards a physical goal while raising much needed funds and awareness about Parkinson’s research. Let’s have a look at our top 10 charity challenge fundraisers of 2019.

Michael Ziegler – $5033.14 through City2Surf

Michael is a fun run veteran, choosing to support Shake It Up in multiple fun runs and charity challenges over many years. Michael was just 44 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and decided to go public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis by running for Parkinson’s.  We asked Michael what drives him to make a difference?  He said, “With a gorgeous wife and two beautiful girls, I need no other motivation”.

Adrian and Louise Lehane – $4,244 through Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Adrian and Louise absolutely smashed their fundraising target with the support of friends, colleagues and business partners from their company, AOL Building Services.

Hannah Price – $3,660 through Gold Coast Marathon

Running for her Dad, Hannah raised a remarkable amount for Parkinson’s Research and produced a beautiful and emotional video about why she was running. Check out the video here.

Karl Chandler – $3,962

Popular comedian, Karl signed up to Run Melbourne before realising he was going to be in Newcastle on the day for his popular Podcast The Little Dum Dum Club.  So instead he did Run Melbourne in Newcastle, jogging straight onto stage and do a live podcast.


Dilruk Jayasinha – $3,702

Comedian extraordinaire Dilruk chose to support Shake It Up last year in his Ambassador role for Run Melbourne and was joined by his comedian friends on the day. Dilruk has been a great supporter of Shake It Up by appearing on Celebrity Family Feud and most recently in I’m a Celebrity.. Get me out of here.



Thomas Zhong – $2,545 through Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Thomas set a unique challenge for his fundraising – a target run time of 1hr 55 mins but for every $500 received in donations he shaved 5 minutes off the target time and for every 1 minute that he missed the revised target time, he donated $10 to the tally for Shake It Up.

Team Bailey – $2,245 through Point to Pinnacle

If you’re looking for a challenge, the so called ‘World’s toughest half Marathon’, Point to Pinnacle in Hobart would certainly fit the bill! Team Bailey completed the 21.1-kilometre challenge which rises 1,270 meters in height up Mount Wellington.  The team had so much fun and laughter along the way and all doing it for a great cause!

Neil Carter – $2,141 through Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Taking on the full marathon for his Dad, Neil trained hard. “My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it was often frustrating and difficult path due to not that much being known about it. Looking to change that by running for Shake it Up so they can continue research and hopefully one day find a cure”

Jessica Hartsilver – $1,966 through Melbourne Marathon

Jessica ran for her Dad who had Parkinson’s. When we asked her what advice she had for others looking to try and charity challenge, she said “Don’t hesitate, just go for it. People are incredibly generous. Keep sharing your story and updates. Feel proud because you are making a difference.”

Adam Moltoni – $1,846 through First National Kimberly Lake Argyle Swim

Adam fundraised for Shake It Up as part of a larger family effort by the Moltoni family. When we asked him what the greatest reward of fundraising was he said “The greatest reward was knowing that what I was doing for my own personal reasons now had an added value of helping raise money for Shake It Up Australia and that not only would my nephew potentially benefit from it but all sufferers of Parkinson’s could.

Joining an athletic event is a great way to stay fit and keep committed all while supporting a cause you are passionate about. Find an event in your state and let’s ‘Shake It Up’ for Parkinson’s in 2020.