New Perlican hosts first- ever Parkinson’s walk
Organizers of the first Parkinson’s SuperWalk in New Perlican were pleased with the turnout for the event, which raised some $1,500 for the cause.
Despite less than ideal weather conditions for an outdoor event, and the fact this was the first Superwalk for Parkinson’s ever held in New Perlican, Don Martin was pleased with the turnout for the inaugural event, which took place Sunday, Sept. 12.
Martin said the more than 20 participants who turned out for the event helped raise approximately $1,500 for the worthy cause.
Since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002, the 61-year-old St. John’s native has been involved with similar events in St. John’s and Carbonear.
When he moved to New Perlican earlier this year, Martin thought it would be a good idea to organize a walk in the Trinity South town.
“ I used to do a lot of walking until last year when my legs got bad and I had an operation on my back. I don’t do a lot of walking now,” Martin said.
He still enjoys gardening and landscaping around his new home. “ You have to do something,” he said
Aside from the work around his home, Martin is also involved with the Parkinson Society. “ There’s always something to do when you’re involved in fundraising.”
Really pleased with the turnout for the first Parkinson Superwalk in his adopted town, Martin said, “ the people of New Perlican need to be congratulated for efforts.”
– Don Martin
Pointing out there were “no large corporate donations” involved in this event, he noted most of the contributions came from individuals in the community.
I Sea Whales/Dis and Dat Café sponsored the event. Martin said Terry and Debbie Bowen, who own and operate the café and gift shop were “really helpful and supportive of the event.”
He also mentioned Sara Green, the current reigning Miss Newfoundland and Labrador from neighbouring Winterton, who came out to cut the ribbon and officially kick off the event.
The recent walk was actually the second fundraising event for Parkinson’s Martin has been involved in since moving to New Perlican. In April he helped organize a Parkinson’s Breakfast, which helped raise $2,500.
He said the Bowens were also very supportive of that event, which was held at the New Perlican Recreation Centre.
Martin said the funds raised from such events stays in the province to help fund outreach programs and help those who suffer from Parkinson’s.
When New Perlican held its first Superwalk this month, it became one of the latest communities in Canada to be involved in the national event held each September to help raise funds for research.
According to its website, Parkinson Society Canada’s National Research Program invested $1.5 million in 2009, to fund innovative pilot projects, clinical fellowships and studentships for talented young researchers to ensure Canada continues to engage top scientists in the study of Parkinson’s. Since 1981, Parkinson Society Canada has provided over $16.8 million to Canadian research.
Don Martin, seen here about to enter his New Perlican home, organized the first Parkinson Superwalk in the Trinity South community.