Help turn Queensland purple and support Parkinson’s Queensland’s 30th anniversary

If you think more than one person per hour being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (Parkinson’s) is one too many, then please support World Parkinson’s Day this April (Saturday, 11th April). This year marks the 30th anniversary of Parkinson’s Queensland and we need your help to turn Queensland purple!

Kala Wahono is a 12 year old student from the Gold Coast, whose Grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s before she was born. Kala says her Nanny enjoys “socialising, eating (especially chocolate), painting, holidaying and promoting Parkinsons’ awareness. She was a very active community member but has slowed down due to her Parkinson’s.”

Kala shares “Parkinson’s has affected Nanny’s facial expressions and it’s difficult for her to smile. She walks stiffly and slowly and with a bit of a hunch. She gets very tired and needs a rest most days.”

World Parkinson’s Day is a day for all of us to give hope for a brighter future for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Funds raised support vital Parkinson’s research, information, advocacy and support services for families like Kala’s. In 2015 Parkinson’s Queensland will contribute to Parkinson’s research and take around 1000 calls on the Parkinson’s Queensland Free Information Line. We will also distribute publications to inform patients, family and friends about Parkinson’s treatment and support options.

This year Parkinson’s Queensland aims to raise $300,000 for our 30th anniversary year. With your support we can help reduce the impact of Parkinson’s on Queenslanders and give hope to the estimated 10,950 Australians who will be diagnosed this year alone.

The Brisbane Story Bridge will be lit up in purple to raise awareness for World Parkinson’s Day. Check out the bridge lit up in Purple on Saturday April 11th!

Getting involved is easy. You can hold a Wear Purple for Parkinson’s Day at your school or workplace and collect gold coin donations; you can become a member of Parkinson’s Queensland or make a donation on our website.

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