Sir Zelman Cowen Award 2015
Dec. 04, 2015
Anne Mooney was awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award at Parkinson’s Victoria’s Annual General Meeting last Friday.
Parkinson's Victoria's highest honour, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award is presented to an individual in recognition of their invaluable voluntary contribution to the Parkinson’s community.
In 2006, Sir Zelman Cowen generously gave permission for an award to be presented in his name, allowing Parkinson’s Victoria the honour of recognising his outstanding community service and support for people living with Parkinson’s.
At 68 years old, Anne’s husband Daryl was diagnosed with Progressive Supra-Nuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare and complex neurological condition that often - early on - presents like Parkinson’s. There are currently around 1,300 Australians living with PSP.
As well as providing care for her husband, Anne established a peer support group for people living with Atypical Parkinson’s, and their families. Six-and-a-half years after Daryl’s passing, Anne remains the convener of PSP Australia.
“Anne is a truly deserved recipient of the Sir Zelman Cowen Award,” says Emma Collin, Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson’s Victoria.
“She has worked tirelessly for eight years to ensure people with Atypical Parkinson’s have access to information and support."
“Anne personally writes to every family connected with the PSP support group following the loss of someone special. She has also been instrumental in advocating for the creation of Atypical Parkinson’s information kits, which are now being distributed nationally.”
“To say I was in shock is putting it mildly. Personally I think all the wonderful carers who have continued their support, after losing a loved one, are just as deserving,” says Anne.
Working closely with Parkinson’s Victoria, Anne has also helped to raise awareness and funds for Atypical Parkinson’s. The Rotary Clubs of Oakleigh and Huntingdale - which Anne joined only last year - held their first fundraising dinner in 2015, raising more than $60,000 for PSP research.
“This year has brought together the Rotary Clubs of Huntingdale and Clayton, Parkinson's Victoria and our support group to raise funds for our aim to find a cure. Due to some amazing fundraising, we have been able to secure a fellowship to study the conditions and we are on our way with world research in finding a cause, medication that works, and hopefully a cure,” says Anne.
Image: Anne Mooney with her daughter Kelly.