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A Walk in the Park: Celebrating and supporting people with Parkinson’s

Oct. 26, 2015

A Walk in the Park is Australia’s largest community event dedicated to improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s. Across the country, 2,065 fundraisers gave 4,323 donations and raised almost $265,000 to support people with Parkinson’s in Australia.

The biggest A Walk in the Park was held in Melbourne on Sunday 30 August - a bright, but chilly morning.  This year, almost 3,000 participated in the event and just over $203,000 was raised.

We are especially grateful to participants and supporters for your outstanding fundraising efforts. Whether you raised funds by holding a trivia night, bought a sausage at the event-day BBQ, or collected donations from friends and family – we could not have achieved this incredible result without you. Parkinson’s Victoria is committed to continued investment of these funds in information, education and support services to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s across the state, and advancing the search for a cure.

Top individual fundraisers: 

  • Judy Phelan - $9553.75
  • Peter Raymond - $9,227
  • Kim Goodridge - $6,972.85
  • Andrew Maxwell - $5,187.50
  • Olivia Romano - $4,765

Top teams:

  • Global Kinetics Corporation - $12,775.15
  • Walking with Pa - $10,576.10
  • Phelan Ready - $9,661.90
  • Munga - $8,683.80
  • Team Wayneo - $8,632.40

Special mentions

A Walk in the Park would not be possible without the support of our amazing community. Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Glenferrie for their outstanding support manning the sausage sizzle, our official A Walk in the Park Ambassador Shane Jacobson, as well as his mum Jill Goss and the Avonde Calisthenics College who enthusiastically led the group warm up again this year.  

Parkinson’s Victoria is also extremely grateful to our A Walk in the Park 2015 Ambassadors – Shane Murphy, Mike Atkinson, Ben Zipper, Kaye Berndt, Clare Gleeson-Maguire, Grainne Murphy, Karyn Spilberg, Judy Phelan and Geoff Constable – who shared their personal stories of living with Parkinson’s to promote the event.

Regional walks  

In 2015, A Walk in the Park took place in regional locations across Victoria. We would like to extend our gratitude to the following Peer Support Group leaders who organised events to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s in their local communities:

  • Bendigo – Val Lester
  • Mildura – Cheryl Barnes
  • Shepparton – Peter Leahy
  • Warrnambool – Andrew Suggett 
  • Wodonga – Alys Cummings

Thank you for making A Walk in the Park 2015 such a successful event!

Corporate partners

Parkinson’s Victoria is proud to partner with the following corporations for A Walk in the Park 2015: 

Platinum Partner:

Global Kinetics logo

 

Bronze Partner:

Supporting Partners:

           Lundbeck           Medtronic    

 

Federation Square           City of Melbourne                   UCB logo

 

A Walk in the Park 2016

Make sure you come along to next year’s event. Mark Sunday 28 August 2016 in your diary now!

 

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