Parkinson’s pledge to help
ONE of the Douglas region’s most colourful and inspirational volunteers is organising a community fundraiser to support sufferers of Parkinson’s disease.
The Port Douglas-Mossman Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, established by James Watson last year, will host the community fundraiser on March 26 at the Court House Hotel to raise money to buy hundreds of personal diaries for local sufferers of Parkinson’s.
Mr Watson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year and struggles with the many symptoms including tremors, speech impediment, rigidity and slowness of movement but believes his diary has helped him.
“We want to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation as well as give sufferers a PD diary,” he said.
“The diaries record medication as well as exercises with information on what you should do if you have Parkinson’s.
“It keeps a record and it can be produced to the doctor to ensure you keep up with medications.
“In my case I had the shakes and had trouble with walking but they altered the dosage of my medications and it helped tremendously.”
Helping James organise the fundraiser is friend Penny Whyte who met James working on his community garden project on Nautilus St.
“Parkinson’s is not like a cough or a cold, it is a chronic disease which can affect your life for years,” she said.
“The diaries are really important and we hope to raise as much money as we can to support those who are affected by this disease.”
The Port Douglas-Mossman Parkinson’s Support Group received a huge boost last month courtesy of Nathan Claxton from custom design house Claxton Kustom Design in Melbourne.
Mr Claxton visited the Port Douglas region recently for a holiday and donated $1000 to the organisation.
“Nathan’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 32 and just recently died so he came to Port Douglas with a goal to help us,” Mr Watson said.
The fundraiser will be held at the Court House Hotel on March 26 from 6pm with great prizes and raffles up for grabs.
To donate raffle prizes or cash for the fundraiser, call James Watson on 0438 148 691 or Penny White 0429 158 436 or email sahanzu@ bigpond.com.