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Chinatown Bilingual Support Group

In March 2021, the Chinatown Bilingual Parkinson’s Support Group met face-to-face for the first time since COVID for a lunch at a popular restaurant in Chinatown.

Parkinson’s NSW Support Group Coordinator Felicity Jones was an invited guest. The group enjoyed a tai-chi session and music therapy before enjoying a delicious Yum Cha luncheon.

Chinatown SG at the Tanglin Lodge Alpaca Farm

Chinatown SG at the Penrith Fire Museum

The group also had their annual outing to Tanglin Lodge Alpaca Farm, followed by the Fire Museum at Penrith, in early May. There were 35 people on the trip, and they enjoyed the opportunity to get together.

While they were out the group leader Rosanna Ng presented their Parkinson’s Community Hero Award to ex Support Group Leader and Group founder Julia Fry.

Rosanna presenting Parkinson’s Community Hero award to Julia Fry (right)

Illawarra North Support Group

Ten participants from the Illawarra North Parkinson’s Support Group joined a bus outing in April. They stopped for a delicious lunch and browsed amongst antiques, and nik naks at Greendales Cafe/Restaurant and Jindyandy Handcrafts on Greenwell Point Road, Pyree.


Northern Rivers Ballina Support Group

Early in May, the Northern Rivers Ballina Parkinson’s Support Group joined in a demonstration of the seated form of Dance for Parkinson’s at Summerland Farm in Alstonville.

A local Dance for Parkinson’s teacher is starting up classes for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers in the area. Everyone at the Support Group meeting joined in the activity which brought them great joy. It was also a great way to stay warm on a chilly morning.

Port Macquarie Support Group

Port Macquarie boxing coach Dean Groth was awarded the Parkinson’s Community Hero award by the Port Macquarie Parkinson’s Support Group. Dean regularly hosts Boxing for Parkinson’s classes for the group participants to attend.

Left to right Allan Rapley, Margaret Healey, Dean Growth and Eddie Healey