Pil­ing it on for Parkinson’s

The Compass - - COMPASS -

This year’s ver­sion of “Plat­ters & Plates for Parkinson’s” was once again a smash­ing suc­cess, with cit­i­zens in the New Per­li­can area help­ing raise some $3,600 for Parkinson So­ci­ety New­found­land and Labrador. This com­mu­nity break­fast is the brain­child of Don Martin, who has been liv­ing with Parkinson’s for about a dozen years and is of­ten praised for his never-give-up at­ti­tude and unique sense of hu­mour. The third an­nual event was held on Satur­day, June 8 at the New Per­li­can Recre­ation Cen­tre and drew an im­pres­sive re­sponse from the com­mu­nity. Money raised will sup­port pro­grams and sup­port ser­vices in New­found­land and Labrador for the 1,600 peo­ple with Parkinson’s, a de­bil­i­tat­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease. Don moved to New Per­li­can from St. John’s a num­ber of years ago, and has tire­lessly con­tin­ued his ef­forts to raise aware­ness

Don Martin

and funds for a cause that is near and dear to him. He also or­ga­nizes a suc­cess­ful “Su­perwalk” each Septem­ber, and is sup­ported to great lengths by his wife, Linda.

Seen here lin­ing up for break­fast are, from left, Lor­raine Mathews, Linda Pitcher, Eleanor Pitcher and John Butt. At right is server Ruth Walker.

Eileen Mathews is seen as­sem­bling some baked of­fer­ings.

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