Get Moving with Parkinson’s Victoria’s A Walk in the Park
bella - July 13th, 2016
One walk and over 80,000 reasons to do it
Sunday 28th August, 2016 at 11.00am
Thousands of Victorians will celebrate and support people living with Parkinson’s at A Walk in the Park being held at Federation Square on Sunday 28 August, 2016 at 11am.
Now in its eighth year, A Walk in the Park is Australia’s largest community event dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. It brings together people from all walks of life – those living with Parkinson’s, families, carers, healthcare professionals, friends and supporters – to create positive change.
Currently, more than 27,000 Victorians (approximately 80,000 Australians) are living with Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive neurological condition that affects movement. That translates to one in 350 Australian’s with Parkinson’s and a further 30 people are diagnosed with the disease each day. As our population ages, the incidence of Parkinson’s is rising. There is currently no known cure.
With a target of $350,000, all funds raised from A Walk in the Park will go towards increasing services and funding research to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s in Victoria.
Walking becomes increasingly difficult for people with Parkinson’s because of a progressively worsening body tremor that compromises their stability. The symptoms relate to a decline in the production of a brain chemical called dopamine that means people have difficulty controlling their movements and moving freely.
It’s for this very reason that A Walk in the Park is a poignant reminder of the simple joy of walking that people with Parkinson’s fight to maintain.
Participants will take a leisurely, non-competitive 4km (return route) walk – or a 2km shortcut – from Federation Square along the picturesque Yarra River. The course is mobility-friendly, and the family pooch welcome too.
The day will include free entertainment, live music, massages, fun kids’ activities and a traditional sausage sizzle to create a memorable and uplifting experience for thousands of enthusiastic supporters.
All participants are encouraged to actively fundraise. By raising just $25, participants will receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2016 t-shirt. Whether an individual or team raises $25, $250 or $2,500, every valuable dollar raised will make a difference.
Anne Atkin, Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park Ambassador said “By being a part of this great community event, you are supporting people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. Get on board today and make a difference.”
The major corporate partner of this year’s event is Global Kinetics Corporation (GKC), a Melbourne-based company which has developed a wrist worn technology known as the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph™ (or PKG™) to monitor and record the key disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s.
GKC Chief Scientist and Melbourne Neurologist Professor Mal Horne said: “A Walk in the Park is an ideal opportunity to show that people living with Parkinson’s can be engaged, active and energetic members of our community. It is possible for people with Parkinson’s to continue to lead active lives when key disabling symptoms are monitored and well managed. ”
A number of A Walk in the Park satellite events will be held by Parkinson’s Support Groups in regional areas including Mildura, Bendigo, Warrnambool and Albury/Wodonga.
“The event is growing from strength to strength, and is a great way for Victorians to come together and support people living with Parkinson’s”, said Emma Collin, CEO, Parkinson’s Victoria.
To register to walk and fundraise go to melbourne.parkinsonswalk.com.au
Parkinson’s Victoria’s A Walk in the Park
Sunday 28 August, 2016
Federation Square, Corner of Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne
Entertainment from 9am until 1.30pm
The Walk commences at 11am
- $45 adult
- Senior/Concession $30
- Children 5-15 years $15
- Children under five free
- Dogs $10
Includes Walk bib and commemorative medal to recognise your support.
Register online at melbourne.parkinsonswalk.com.au or on the day from 8.30am, on-the-day prices apply.
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