Garden party raises Parkinson’s awareness
THERE’S some talented people in our community livingwith Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s Awareness Week is November 1-7 and the local branch is having a fundraising garden party which also intends to showcase some of the talent they have.
Garden party co-ordinator Joelene Morris says they hope to celebrate the creativity of people with Parkinson’s disease, to raise awareness aswell as funds.
David Sales, an artist originally from England, is gifting a painting to Parkinson’s BOP.
David has worked and painted in England, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. He has held several exhibitions and sells most of his work privately, often by commission. David taught painting, pottery and printmaking in high schools for 30 years. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago he continued to create artworks, “albeit slower than before”, and some of his paintings will be on display and for sale at the garden party.
Parkinson’s BOP also hope to create an awareness as Joelene is concerned that many people may not be aware of the local help available to them.
“There are probably people who do not know that we exist— they go it alone— if they can seek support this can be very beneficial to them,” she says.
Joelene says there is plenty on offer in the Bay of Plenty to help people maintain their health levels— exercise classes, a choir for speech improvement, support meetings and home visits if a person prefers. Support can be given to those adjusting to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s and support for carers, Joelene says.
The garden party will include children activities, pony rides, sausage sizzle, crafts and music. There are good views at the property and plenty of parking.
Check out works and crafts from people in the area affected by Parkinson’s. Artworks, quilting and other creative works will be auctioned at 12.15pm. There will also be a 5km awareness walk on November 10.
■ Parkinson’s Bay of Plenty Garden Party on November 3 from 10am-2pm at 740 Belk Rd. $5 entry.
A painting by David Sales which will be exhibited at the Parkinson’s Garden Party, another will be auctioned.