Gar­den party raises Parkin­son’s aware­ness

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THERE’S some tal­ented peo­ple in our com­mu­nity liv­ing­with Parkin­son’s disease.

Parkin­son’s Aware­ness Week is Novem­ber 1-7 and the lo­cal branch is hav­ing a fundrais­ing gar­den party which also in­tends to show­case some of the tal­ent they have.

Gar­den party co-or­di­na­tor Joe­lene Mor­ris says they hope to cel­e­brate the cre­ativ­ity of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s disease, to raise aware­ness aswell as funds.

David Sales, an artist orig­i­nally from Eng­land, is gift­ing a paint­ing to Parkin­son’s BOP.

David has worked and painted in Eng­land, Pa­pua New Guinea and New Zealand. He has held sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions and sells most of his work pri­vately, of­ten by com­mis­sion. David taught paint­ing, pot­tery and print­mak­ing in high schools for 30 years. Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s disease 11 years ago he con­tin­ued to create art­works, “al­beit slower than be­fore”, and some of his paint­ings will be on dis­play and for sale at the gar­den party.

Parkin­son’s BOP also hope to create an aware­ness as Joe­lene is con­cerned that many peo­ple may not be aware of the lo­cal help avail­able to them.

“There are prob­a­bly peo­ple who do not know that we ex­ist— they go it alone— if they can seek sup­port this can be very ben­e­fi­cial to them,” she says.

Joe­lene says there is plenty on of­fer in the Bay of Plenty to help peo­ple main­tain their health lev­els— ex­er­cise classes, a choir for speech im­prove­ment, sup­port meet­ings and home vis­its if a per­son prefers. Sup­port can be given to those ad­just­ing to a di­ag­no­sis of Parkin­son’s and sup­port for car­ers, Joe­lene says.

The gar­den party will in­clude chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties, pony rides, sausage siz­zle, crafts and mu­sic. There are good views at the prop­erty and plenty of park­ing.

Check out works and crafts from peo­ple in the area af­fected by Parkin­son’s. Art­works, quilt­ing and other cre­ative works will be auc­tioned at 12.15pm. There will also be a 5km aware­ness walk on Novem­ber 10.

■ Parkin­son’s Bay of Plenty Gar­den Party on Novem­ber 3 from 10am-2pm at 740 Belk Rd. $5 en­try.

A paint­ing by David Sales which will be ex­hib­ited at the Parkin­son’s Gar­den Party, an­other will be auc­tioned.

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