Parkin­son’s pledge to help

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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@ big­

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