Beau­ti­ful day for a ‘ Walk in the Park’

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - Yar­ra­wonga will be cel­e­brat­ing the 150th An­niver­sary of the foun­da­tion of the town­ship on Oc­to­ber 13 and 14.

A beau­ti­ful sunny day saw more than 150 mem­bers of the pub­lic take part in the ‘A Walk in the Park’, Parkin­son’s fundrais­ing event around Chi­na­man’s Is­land na­ture re­serve on Sun­day.

157 walk­ers, 64 up on last year, took part in the walk which was or­gan­ised to sup­port the Yar­ra­wonga Parkin­son’s Sup­port Group in rais­ing aware­ness and funds on be­half of Parkin­son’s Vic­to­ria.

To start pro­ceed­ings a short in­tro­duc­tion was given by Dy­lan Hardy, a board mem­ber of Parkin­son’s Vic­to­ria and a man who has early on­set Parkin­son’s him­self.

Dy­lan ex­plained how the disease af­fects him in­di­vid­u­ally and how a lot of peo­ple have a pre­con­ceived idea of what peo­ple with Parkin­son’s go through.

Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy also at­tended the event and had a few words on how he sees Parkin­son’s and how he strives to make a dif­fer­ence.

He also con­grat­u­lated the group for their ef­forts in pro­mot­ing Parkin­son’s aware­ness in Yar­ra­wonga and sur­rounds.

Robert ‘Pos­sum’ Pur­tle was next to speak and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the lo­cal sup­port group and how they can make a dif­fer­ence to those newly di­ag­nosed and make them feel like they are not alone.

Free green sun­glasses were handed out at the be­gin­ning of the walk and there was much chat­ter and laugh­ter with a de­light­ful ar­ray of adults, chil­dren, and dogs to kick it all off.

After the walk Peter Chis­nel and Lau­ren Mulquiney also showed their sup­port in im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for those suf­fer­ing and to erad­i­cate the hor­ri­ble disease.

One of the Yar­ra­wonga ‘A Walk in the Park’ As a lead up to the celebrations the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle will be pro­duc­ing a spe­cial wrap-around sup­ple­ment cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone. This will fea­ture sto­ries and pho­tos about Yar­ra­wonga’s amaz­ing jour­ney over the last 150 years, and will be pub­lished in the Oc­to­ber 10 edi­tion.

This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity to have your busi­ness ad­ver­tised in what will be a keep­sake sup­ple­ment. or­gan­is­ers Judy Rams­dale said it was a fan­tas­tic day and was great to see so many peo­ple around for the event.

“We had a fan­tas­tic day, the weather was ter­rific and the num­ber of peo­ple who came along and joined in was up on last year, it was great,” Judy said.

“Ap­prox­i­mately $2058 was raised on the day, which is up on $1383 last year, with the rat­tle tins still yet to come in.

“We also again had our raf­fles with the three win­ners be­ing: Chris Seabridge - Rich Glen ham­per,

A Wil­son - Vouch­ers and lo­cal honey prize and Suzie Willett with the Framed lo­cal views.

“Some of the sup­port group also made the oc­ca­sional slice to go with the cof­fee and tea which was much ap­pre­ci­ated by all es­pe­cially the chil­dren, it was just an amaz­ing day.

“We’d also like to thank some of our spon­sors: Vo­dusek Butch­ery, Rich Glen, Hard Luck cof­fee, The Naked Tree, Yar­ra­wonga Api­aries, Belle’s Café, Thyme for Cof­fee, R Wheeler Pho­tos, The Lions Club for supply and cook­ing of the bar­beque, Yar­ra­wonga Yacht Club for work­ing with us to en­able both func­tions to have a good day, Tim McCurdy, Rob Pur­tle, Dy­lan Hardy and Lau­ren Mulquin­ney for be­ing our men­tors for the day.”

The Yar­ra­wonga Parkin­son’s Sup­port Group would also like to thank all those who at­tended on the day and to all those who made do­na­tions to as­sist with their fund-rais­ing ef­forts.

Sim­i­lar events in­volv­ing the Yar­ra­wonga Parkin­son’s Sup­port Group are hoped to be ar­ranged in the fu­ture.

More than 100 peo­ple en­joyed the sun­shine and com­pany on of­fer at the ‘A Walk in the Park’ on Sun­day.

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