Tak­ing a walk with Parkin­son’s

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

Parkin­son’s New Zealand is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to switch up the look of their shoes and join in Parkin­son’s Aware­ness Week.

Ev­ery year from Novem­ber 1 to 7 Parkin­son’s New Zealand raises aware­ness and money dur­ing its na­tional aware­ness week.

This year the theme is Walk in My Shoes.

Parkin­son’s New Zealand is pro­mot­ing aware­ness with its cam­paign shoelaces, in hopes of en­cour­ag­ing New Zealan­ders to walk in the shoes of some­one with Parkin­son’s.

Cen­tral Plateau is one of the 20 di­vi­sions of Parkin­son’s New Zealand.

It in­cludes Ro­torua, Taupo¯ and Tu¯ rangi.

This large area is cov­ered by Fiona Leighton, the com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor.

Fiona vis­its, cares for and ar­ranges ac­tiv­i­ties for those who are liv­ing with Parkin­son’s dis­ease, many of who find it dif­fi­cult to get out into the com­mu­nity.

Ro­torua will be hav­ing col­lec­tions on Novem­ber 8 and 9 at Count­down Cen­tral and on Novem­ber 15 and 16 at Count­down Fen­ton St.

Taupo¯ is also hav­ing col­lec­tions at Count­down on Novem­ber 8 and 9.

Parkin­son’s Cen­tral Plateau is grate­ful to those who have al­ready do­nated to this year’s aware­ness week, and to those vol­un­teers who are giv­ing their time to as­sist with it. Lo­cally col­lected do­na­tions will stay within this area.

Photo / Supplied

Ro­torua MP Todd Mc­clay (left) gets laced up with Parkin­son’s New Zealand shoelaces by Cen­tral Plateau com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor Fiona Leighton.

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