Men pitch­ing in for Parkin­son’s

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Mem­bers of the Levin Men­zshed will be swap­ping their ham­mers and saws for col­lec­tion boxes on Fri­day Novem­ber 2 to help Parkin­son’s Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti raise money as part of its an­nual Street Day Ap­peal.

They will be the main­stay of the vol­un­teer group who will col­lect do­na­tions out­side Levin su­per­mar­kets to be used to help sup­port peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s in the com­mu­nity.

The theme for this year’s ap­peal is Walk in my Shoes, and Parkin­son’s is dis­tribut­ing spe­cial blue shoe laces to re­in­force the theme.

There are al­most 200 peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease in the Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti area and the num­bers are in­creas­ing each year. Parkin­son’s NZ pro­vides ser­vices and pro­grammes to sup­port them, mainly through Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tors.

Parkin­son’s has a ded­i­cated Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tor, Kather­ine Wilkin­son, who runs group pro­grammes for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s as well as pro­vid­ing help and ad­vice to in­di­vid­u­als.

The Chair of the Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti Parkin­son’s Ac­tion Group, Kevin Ramshaw, says the group is de­lighted with the re­sponse of the Men­zshed.

“Their sup­port means a lot to us be­cause the money we raise will be used to help those with Parkin­son’s in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mem­bers of Levin Men­zshed try out the Parkin­son’s blue laces on the shoes of their mas­cot.

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