Parkinson's walk a great success

October 05, 2017

The first day of daylight savings saw 80 members of the public take part in the Walk for Parkinson’s event across the town bridges.

The walk was organised to support the Yarrawonga Parkinson’s Support Group in raising awareness and funds on behalf of Parkinson’s Victoria.

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy attended the event and congratulated the group for their efforts in promoting Parkinson’s disease awareness in Yarrawonga.

Several of the walkers did both bridges while others only completed the traffic bridge but it was an enjoyable and encouraging day none the less.

The weather for the day was superb and everyone enjoyed a pleasant walk and came back invigorated and ready for a sausage sizzle and coffee.

The first 20 walkers were awarded medals donated by Parkinson’s Victoria and lucky number draws were held with the first and second numbers drawn receiving prizes.

First prize was a basket of home products donated by Fresh as a Bird and won by Dorothy who was also the first walker to finish the event.

Second prize was a bottle of wine donated by the Vodusek family and was won by Noreen Smart.

Organiser Judy Ramsdale said she was still reeling from the event but it being a success made it worth it.

“It’s a big day for us Parkie’s people. It takes more for us to do things that used to come easy,” she said.

Judy said the group would also like to thank many different businesses for their time and assistance in the event.

These businesses include the Lions Club, Vodusek Meats, Free as a Bird, Thyme for Coffee, Hard Luck café as well as Helen at the tourist information centre and Tim McCurdy.

The local Parkinson’s Support Group would also like to thank all those who attended on the day and to all those who made donations to assist with their fund-raising efforts.

Similar events involving the Yarrawonga Parkinson’s Support Group are hoped to be arranged in the future.

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