Walk in the Park

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FUN, exercise and a worthy cause are motivating A Walk in the Park participants this Sunday 28 August when over 400 walkers, supporters and even family dogs are expected to converge on Bonython Park for Parkinson’s South Australia’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

With this condition affecting one of their own, it is a passion close to the heart of Weeks Group which has joined with Parkinson’s SA as proud Gold Sponsor for this annual event.

Managing Director, Kevin Weeks, has put the same drive that has earned him his successful business empire into working towards a cure for Parkinson’s. As in business, he simply surrounds himself with supportive people who are willing to commit to a cause.

“I am thrilled to support the amazing work of Parkinson’s SA and events such as these,” Kevin says. “It all contributes to awareness and the ultimate goal of finding a cure.”

Among those donning their active wear for the 4km walk will be Ros Cassidy, who has utilised the support services of Parkinson’s SA since her diagnosis in 2006.

Ros says that taking part in A Walk in the Park is the least she can do to show her appreciation to an organisation that relies on funds and awareness to continue providing valuable support and services to people with Parkinson’s, carers, family and friends.

“It’s a great day out and an inclusive community event which focuses on what you can do, not what you can’t do,” said Ros, who has taken part in the event with family and friends since its inception 7 years ago.

“My mother-in-law walked with me for the first year, but now she’s in her early nineties she prefers to watch or take part in other activities available on the day,” she said.

Christine Belford, CEO of Parkinson’s SA, says those activities will include something for everyone from a barbecue breakfast and lunch, coffee cart and BD Farm Paris Creek produce, to massages, face-painting and balloons for the kids.

“People with mobility issues can also rest assured that they will be comfortable on the day,” said Christine. “Chairs and tables will be on site, the route is wheel chair accessible and volunteers will be on the track for assistance.”

Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive, neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. It has four main movement related symptoms including tremor, muscle rigidity, poverty of movement and loss of posture and lesser-known non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, behavioural disturbance, sleep disorder, dementia and sensory deficits.

Register before the event to take advantage of the early bird rates via www.adelaide.parksinsonwalk.com.au. Registrations will also be available on the day opening at 9.30am.

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