Parkin­sons group chooses first lo­cal vol­un­teers of the year

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

Two mem­bers of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Sup­port Group of the Parkin­son So­ci­ety New­found­land and Labrador (PSNL) were hon­oured at a cer­e­mony in Har­bour Grace last week.

Ross LeDrew of Carbonear and Edgar Snow of Har­bour Grace were named the first Vol­un­teers of the Year for the chap­ter.

“We’ve asked all of the chap­ters to se­lect vol­un­teers of the year,” said Pa­tri­cia Mor­ris­sey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of PSNL, who was at the April 8 cer­e­mony held at the Har­bour Grace Town Hall.

June Hunt is co-chair of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Sup­port Group.

“Ross and Edgar are truly out­stand­ing vol­un­teers who have demon­strated a deep com­mit­ment to the Sup­port Group and to the whole So­ci­ety that is not eas­ily matched,” Hunt said.“We are a small group and de­pend on our mem­bers to help spread aware­ness and raise funds.

“Ross and Edgar have organized and op­er­ated our ma­jor fundraiser, Su­perWalk for three years. This is a huge un­der­tak­ing since they can­vass all ar­eas in Trin­ity and Con­cep­tion Bays. Ross and Edgar are read­ily avail­able to help in any way they can,” Hunt con­tin­ued.

In fact, she said, over the past three years the Su­perWalk Com­mit­tee has man­aged to raise be­tween $12,000 and $15,000 for Parkin­son’s. The money goes to fund re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy and sup­port ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease.

“For a small char­ity like the Parkin­son So­ci­ety, if we didn’t have vol­un­teers like th­ese, we just wouldn’t sur­vive,” Mor­ris­sey added.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs signed the doc­u­ment pro­claim­ing April 20 to 26 Parkin­son’s Aware­ness Week and Edgar Snow pre­sented $750 from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion group to help with run­ning the main of­fice that serves all of the prov­ince.

“All chap­ters in the prov­ince lend their sup­port,” Hunt said.

Parkin­son’s Dis­ease is a pro­gres­sive neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease that causes a per­son’s mo­tor func­tions to de­te­ri­o­rate. While drugs help al­le­vi­ate some of the symp­toms, they do not halt the pro­gres­sion of this dis­ease. An es­ti­mated 1,600 peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador are liv- ing with Parkin­son’s and they know Parkin­son’s never goes into re­mis­sion.

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