There was an outstanding response from members and supporters of the NSW Parkinson’s community to the May Step Up for Parkinson’s virtual event.
More than 160 participants logged over 17,000 kilometres to raise $124,700.21 for people living with Parkinson’s.
Participants walked, ran, wheeled, and did yoga and other exercises to raise funds from individual sponsors who pledged dollars to their online appeals. Favourite pets got lots of exercise too, as their owners clocked up the kilometres for a good cause.
A virtual ‘wall’ was created so participants to declare why they were involved in this fundraiser and post photos to match. Here are some examples of their motivation:
“I’m stepping up as my husband has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”
“Little Penny is a 7-week-old miniature foxy and she is stepping up with me to raise funds for Parkinson’s NSW.”
“I’m Stepping Up for Parkinson’s in Memory of my Dad.”
“I am stepping up for an inspirational woman who is living with Parkinson’s, my employer Christina.”
“I was diagnosed 2020 with Young Onset PD. It has taken me on a journey of self-reflection.”
“I’m stepping up for aged care residents with Parkinson’s that I have the pleasure to help look after.”
“I am stepping up for my gorgeous mother who passed away too early due to Parkinson’s.”
You can check out the virtual wall here
Step Up for Parkinson’s will be back in May of 2023 and we would love to have you take park!
If you are interested in taking part in Step Up for Parkinson’s in 2023 fill out our expression of interest form and we will be in contact closer to the event.