Awareness the first step towards Parkinson's support

WALKERS enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the Warrnambool foreshore in support of Parkinson’s disease on Sunday.

Local support group co-ordinator and vice-president of Parkinson’s Victoria Andrew Suggett (left) with Warrnambool mayor Mike Neoh hit Warrnambool’s foreshore promenade with other walkers in support of Parkinson’s disease awareness on Sunday. 140831VH43 Picture: VICKY HUGHSON

Local support group co-ordinator and vice-president of Parkinson’s Victoria Andrew Suggett (left) with Warrnambool mayor Mike Neoh hit Warrnambool’s foreshore promenade with other walkers in support of Parkinson’s disease awareness on Sunday. 140831VH43 Picture: VICKY HUGHSON

Warrnambool Parkinson’s Support Group co-ordinator Andrew Suggett said more than $1500 was raised.

“It’s not just about raising money, it’s also about awareness,” he said.

“There are an awful lot of people out there who have Parkinson’s. The important thing with Parkinson’s is that the earlier you are diagnosed the better chance you have.”

Mr Suggett said the support group meets monthly and participates in a range of activities including mini golf or lawn bowls.

“We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Macey’s Bistro,” he said.

“People with Parkinson’s don’t necessarily have to come along to the support group, but if they provide us with their email address we can send them our newsletter and keep them up to date with information and research on Parkinson’s.” 

Warrnambool City mayor Michael Neoh led the walk from the Harbour Pavilion.

Cr Neoh has a personal connection to Parkinson’s, having a family member with the disease.

“We have been involved with the support group over many years,” he said.

“Andrew does a great job raising awareness. It’s critical supporting families with a member who has it.” 

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