1600km ride to raise money for Dad with Parkinson’s Disease

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10th APRIL 2015

Balmain local, 31 year old Sarah Hetherington will be riding an epic 1600kms from Sydney to Melbourne return this Saturday 11th April (World Parkinson’s Day) on her motorbike to raise funds for research into Parkinson’s disease. Sarah’s father David has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Sarah is seeking to drive awareness of this disease and raise much needed funds for Parkinson’s NSW.

Sarah is aiming to complete this epic endurance ride within 24 hours and will only be stopping for short breaks along the way in Yass (NSW), Wodonga (NSW) and Whallan (VIC).

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition which affects the brain’s ability to control movement and may also be associated with other symptoms including mood, depression and anxiety. There is no cure.

In Australia, every hour of every day someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. There are 80,000 people with Parkinson’s across all age groups. Whilst the majority of people affected are over 60 at the time of diagnosis, 20% are of working age and 10% are under the age of 40.

Parkinson’s NSW receives almost no government funding, with less than $1 per person received in funding. Parkinson’s disease has an $8.3 billion annual impact on the Australian economy and an individual cost of $165,000 per patient from diagnosis through to their remaining life span (an average of 12 years).

MEDIA INFO: Clare Audet, Marketing Director, Parkinson’s NSW (02) 8875 8913 / 0431 200 435 / clareaudet@parkinsonsnsw.org.au

About Parkinson’s NSW

Parkinson’s NSW funds research for people living with Parkinson’s disease and is the only organisation in NSW providing free support services including a free InfoLine which is staffed by health professionals, counselling and support groups to people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

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