Parkin­son’s fundraiser has the win­ning Edge

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MEADOW Springs woman Sue Edge has been awarded the Ge­off Pride Fundraiser of the Year award by Parkin­son’s WA for tire­less fundrais­ing sup­port of the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the past three years.

Ms Edge, who was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s 10 years ago at the age of 51, has spent the past three years or­gan­is­ing fundrais­ers, do­nat­ing her art­work and co-or­di­nat­ing morn­ing teas, all in an ef­fort to raise money for the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s in 2008, Ms Edge said find­ing Parkin­son’s WA and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s nurse spe­cial­ist ser­vice was a turn­ing point, which she re­alised was the key to gain­ing ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port in manag­ing her con­di­tion.

“Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed I was look­ing for an­swers to all my ques­tions and was re­ferred to Heather, my nurse spe­cial­ist from Parkin­son’s WA, and while do­ing that I learned the spe­cialised nurs­ing ser­vice is not fully funded by the gov­ern­ment,” she said.

“So I de­cided I wanted to help in some way and started fundrais­ing, ini­tially by sell­ing choco­lates at my son’s work and or­gan­is­ing morn­ing teas at the lo­cal high school.

“I’ve met some won­der­ful peo­ple along the way and Heather my Parkin­son’s nurse is just my earth an­gel. She is won­der­ful and I was both very hum­bled and sur­prised to be given the fundraiser of the year award, par­tic­u­larly be­cause I have a core group of friends and fam­ily who de­serve the credit as much as I do.”

Parkin­son’s WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brenda Matthews said Ms Edge was a pas­sion­ate vol­un­teer who spent count­less hours fundrais­ing.

“Vol­un­teers help strengthen the work we do and we are in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to have had Sue’s sup­port for sev­eral years now; our or­gan­i­sa­tion has been greatly strength­ened by her in­volve­ment,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d488538

Pride of place: Fundraiser of the year Sue Edge with some of her art­work.

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