Date shift Aligns ‘A Walk in The Park’ to April 2019.
Each year our members ask us ‘why in September / October? World Parkinson’s Day is in April.’
For many years there has been ongoing discussion among the members of Parkinson’s Australia Board and the CEO’s Group around the coordination of the date for A Walk in The Park. Issues holding back progress have been the lack inability for some states who have contractual arrangements in place and clashes of our event with others; e.g. Bridge to Brisbane, etc.
There is now a growing energy among the states to move A Walk in the Park event to April so that it aligns with World Parkinson’s Day annually. By making what, on the face of it is a logical move which is perhaps a little overdue; it does offer the opportunity to collaborate with other states and international agencies with World Parkinson’s Day collateral and media.
Taking into account the decision of some states not to have their walk in 2018, the moveable nature of Easter, school holidays and the impact of ANZAC Day; our aim will be to align our event to the closest weekend to 11th April 2019 with a preferred date of Saturday, 13 April 2019.
Negotiations with various venues, contractors and others are being finalised in Queensland to move away from September 2018. We will keep members informed when the date is confirmed.
In the meantime, we ask that you place a ‘save the date’ for Saturday, 13 April 2019.