About 300 people attended the successful Parkinson’s 4 Pancakes this month which not only raised funds, but awareness, for the disease.
Local girl Sharon Doherty was the inspiration and organiser behind the event. She chose to support Parkinson’s NSW because its sole focus is not on finding a cure, but having had this disease touch her personally, her appreciation for an organisation that seeks to also provide support for everyday needs is great indeed.
“It was a great day,” Sharon said.
“With the gold coin donation, the monster raffle, merchandise, food and drinks, competition entry, games and donations, we have raised over $9000 so far.”
Pancakes were definitely the order of the day with more than 350 being made and indulged in, thanks to Parkinson’s NSW who provided the pancake batter and maple syrup through a donation from Green’s. A number of those would have been consumed by Ollie Wiggins and Katie Powell who were the winners of the tasty pancake eating competition.
“We also made 100 bacon and egg rolls, 100 cups of tea and coffee not to mention cold drinks and fruit salad,” Sharon said.
Children were kept entertained with a kids activity area with face painting, pasta threading, pancake decorating and more.
“Sacha Whitehead of Parkinson Portraits and Natasha Riches-Walker from Dirt Thirsty displayed their art throughout the morning also,” Sharon said.
One of the highlights at the event was the Parkinson’s Awareness Relay which was won by the Healey family. The relay had four stations which reflected what it was like for someone to live with Parkinson’s. Station one was ‘motor control and co-ordination’, station two ‘balance’, station three ‘rigidity’, station four ‘speech’. The level of work and organisation that went into this event was enormous and Sharon and all those who helped have proven to be an inspiration.
“All funds raised from the event will go to Parkinson’s NSW and it would be wonderful to make this an annual event, hopefully,” Sharon concluded. To find out more about Parkinson’s NSW, visit http://www.parkinsonsnsw杭州夜网.au/.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.