Beautiful day for a ‘ Walk in the Park’
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.