Parkinson Canada fundrais­ing walk draws an­other large crowd

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Parkinson Canada Su­per­walk in Swift Cur­rent gen­er­ated an­other su­per to­tal dur­ing their 2018 walk on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1.

This year the walk at­tracted ap­prox­i­mately 160 par­tic­i­pants, and they sur­passed their fundrais­ing to­tal by col­lect­ing $16,500. Or­ga­niz­ers were aim­ing to bring in $15,000, which would have been a slight in­crease from the $14,000 col­lected last year. Part of the rea­son for the in­crease was the suc­cess of a fundrais­ing raf­fle which in­cluded a quilt made by lo­cal Parkinson Sup­port Group mem­ber Carol Kuntz. This raf­fle made $1,180.

“It’s just an in­cred­i­ble turnout and in­cred­i­ble en­gage­ment,” ex­plained Todd Macpher­son, Parkinson Canada Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Saskatchew­an. As the fourth time a Su­per­walk has been hosted in the Southwest, this year’s walk con­tin­ued the up­ward growth of the event since it be­gan in 2015.

“When they started it four years ago in Her­bert, we were sur­prised that 40 some peo­ple came out,” Mcpherson re­called. “So when they moved it last year to Swift Cur­rent, we were ex­cited, but we never ex­pected the en­gage­ment and turnout.”

Mcpherson high­lighted the fi­nan­cial sup­port gen­er­ated dur­ing the walk has a ma­jor im­pact in the fight against Parkinson’s.

“We in­vest a large chunk of course into re­search. As well as ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices to ev­ery­body who is di­ag­nosed across Canada. We pro­vide sup­port groups. We pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices for them. We also do ed­u­ca­tion for health­care pro­fes­sion­als. And then we also are en­gaged in ad­vo­cacy on a na­tional and a pro­vin­cial level where needs arise.”

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Ap­prox­i­mately 160 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in Swift Cur­rent’s Parkinson Su­per­walk at Riverview Vil­lage Es­tates on Septem­ber 1.

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