Get Going for Parkinson’s
Throughout the year thousands of New Zealanders of all ages, shapes and sizes push themselves to meet the challenge of events such as the Round the Bays, 5kms, Triathlons and Ironmans. Some enter as individuals, others as teams and for others it is a school or corporate event.
If you are thinking of "getting going" we would love you to choose Parkinson’s New Zealand as the charity for your event. We will be delighted to welcome you to Team Parkinson’s.
A message from Peter Snell, Parkinson's New Zealand Ambassador, to people who get going and join Team Parkinson's:
I'm proud to be part of the Parkinson's Team and I'm glad you've joined us. Thank you for making Parkinson's New Zealand your chosen charity and including us in your efforts to Get Going
Contact us and we will send you a pack that includes a welcome letter with training tips from New Zealand Olympian and Parkinson's New Zealand Ambassador, Peter Snell, a t-shirt or running vest, fundraising and sponsorship advice . We will also give you lots of ongoing support and encouragement. You could also encourage others to Get Going for Parkinson’s.
To help you with your fundraising, you can set up a fundraising page on Givealittle. These handy online options allows your sponsors to make donations to Parkinson's New Zealand for your event using their credit cards in a secure online environment.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 473 4636
We have had some amazing people “Get Going for Parkinson’s” in many different events.
Below are just a few of them, maybe their stories will inspire you to get going also!
Matthew Allen - Motatapu Trail Marathon
Shane Sibenaler - cutting off his bead for Parkinson's
While many people run marathons, there are other ways to raise money for Parknison's New Zealand. Shane Sibenaler from Taranaki raised over $500 for cutting off his beard!
Penny Parsons and Shelley McMillan - Mates Dates
Sydneysiders came out to support Parkinson's New Zealand with a dating event "Mates Dates" on 3 June 2016 and raised a whopping $2,500 for us. Thank you to everyone who took part especially organisers Penny and Shelley. Apparently there were some successful matches. It seems our tag line Parkinson's New Zealand - Connecting People, Changing Lives worked well for this event!
John Stockwell - Ducati Ride for Parkinson's
Kiwi born John Stockwell of South Australia leathered up for an epic ride around New Zealand mirroring a trip he had recently taken across Australia. He drove around much of the North and South Islands from late February until mid-April meeting and inspiring our members. John attended meetings around the country as well as motor bike rallies and special events, clocking up a significant amount of media coverage along the way.
Racheal Brand - Paris Marathon
Rachel Brand was livng and working in Oslo when she contacted us to say she was running the Paris Marathon to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's New Zealand. This may be the first time she has fundraised for Parkinson's New Zealand but she assures us it won't be her last. We hear she is signed up to run in Auckland when she returns to live in New Zealand.
Nigel Towers - Cycle Taupo
Cutting off my dreadlocks for Parkinson's
While most people taking part in Get Going run or cycle, there are many other ways to raise money for Parkinson's. Ashley Switzer of Wellington got people to sponsor his haircut, raising over $3,500 for Parkinson's. It was a quite a haircut though. Ashley chopped off the dreadlocks he had been growing for nine years for the cause.
Sally McDonald had always been interested in the idea of doing a marathon ‘one day’. Then at the end of a ski season in Italy she did some research to find out whether there were any event on whilst she was in Queenstown. The Dunedin Moro Marathon on 9th September gave her just enough time to train and compete before heading back out of the country.
She heard about ‘Get Going for Parkinson’s’ through the website and thought that this would be a great opportunity to offer her support, especially considering her Dad had received really great support since he was diagnosed. She set her fundraising goal at $1,000.
In the weeks leading up to the marathon Sally found the training hard but rewarding. Still she really enjoyed the prospect of saying ‘I’ve just run from one side of the Otago harbour to the other – from Harrington Point to Port Chalmers, 42.2 kms!”
There was such a good response from family and friends that altogether Sally raised $1,150. As her brother said in his congratulatory message after she completed the event, ‘What a Legend’.
Every April, up to 40,000 runners jostle their way through the streets of Paris in the annual Paris International Marathon. In amongst them this year was Shelley Musk from Papakura.
Shelley ran the 42km race in memory of her parents--Shelley’s mother Joyce died in January 2011 and her father, who had Parkinson’s, died two weeks before the event. Shelley raised $2,000 for Parkinson’s New Zealand through sponsorship.
No Brakes for Charity
Francis and Andrew cycled the 430 km from Christchurch to Wanaka 14-16 December 2011. They broke the journey down into roughly 140 km treks. Their plan -
"The first day we make it to Geraldine. The next day we tank it to Twizel and after that its the big one WANAKA." And along the way raise some money for Parkinson's.
Ruth Chapman & Andrew Knewstubb
Ruth’s father and sister have both been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. So Ruth has become determined to assist them in their fight with Parkinson’s by raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s New Zealand. Ruth and Andrew competed in a mountain bike blast in October 2010 and took on the Graperide MAGNUM ride, in Blenheim on the 2nd April (202km road bike race) and the Contact Epic in Lake Hawea on the 16th April (125km Mountain bike race).
Stephen took part in the two day, 243 kilometre cycle, run and kayak race held in the South Island in February 2011. To prepare for this he participated in several events in 2010, including the Taupo Cycle Challenge which is 160kilometers! He is competed to raise money for Parkinson’s New Zealand to help with research, education and support for people and families living with Parkinson’s.
Bruce & Ben Washington
A father and son adventure that saw Bruce and Ben racing from Peking, China to Paris, France in a 1929 Chrysler Roadster from September 10 - October 16. They used their event as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's.
When Ruth Kohlhase decided to “Get Going for Parkinson’s” through the Auckland Marathon she was doing it for her father and the 10,000 New Zealanders with Parkinson’s. She had a very modest goal of $100 but ended up raising nearly $5000!
Hawaii half marathon
On June 5 at 7am Alex began a six hour, nine minute gruelling journey that included a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. A total of 70.3 miles in the name of “Get Going for Parkinson’s”! Parkinson's disease has profoundly affected his family and a number of his family's friends. Alex did this race on their behalf and to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s New Zealand and Parkinson’s UK.