Parkinson’s fundraiser has the winning Edge
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.
Pride of place: Fundraiser of the year Sue Edge with some of her artwork.