Men pitching in for Parkinson’s
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.