The wind it blew and the rain came too, the river rose around us…..and that was only the start of the inaugural Fred Binns Foundation Montrose Bay Walk on April 10th 2016, from the GASP Pavilion at Wilkinson’s Point, Rosetta. Our guest MC Dennis Keats kicked off introductions and Mayor of Glenorchy, Kristy Johnston delivered the official opening and waved the starting flag to much alacrity.
Fortunately, just as we set out, the sun broke through and a mild and enjoyable walk was had by people of all ages, genders and capabilities and some eager doggies too. Some toddlers scootered, skated or perambulated.
We were a meandering, rainbow coloured snake wending our way along the path and across the colourful bridges that the Glenorchy Council has so creatively built into the art atmosphere along the walk. Whether 2, 3 or 5 km round trip everyone seemed energised and interactive.
The pure exercise, scenery and sociability of the walk was just a pleasure for organisers and participants. The numbers far exceeded expectations (about 200), so that was icing on the cake.
When we returned to the point, where the GASP Pavilion is located, there were Information stands provided by The Bellerive Hub, Allcare Physio and Natural Pilates and food available for purchase by the celebrity featured Lean-to-Kitchen with all manner of cooked and prepared yummies.
Our pre-arranged speakers Mr Chris Lacey (Parkinson experience), Dr Frank Nicklason (RHH) and Tracey Dickson (Menzies) all gave very interesting, informative and at times humorous talks for the assembled throng, most of whom had pleasingly stayed on after the walk.
All spoke of the positive energy and results that can contribute to a constructive life with Parkinson’s, possibly emphasised by Chris when he outlined that his early perceptions and fears were that there was little hope, but he soon found that through therapy, exercise and positive self affirmation his life has been very fulfilling and with positive future prospects. Hope and love can conquer most adversity.
It was pleasing to have the support and presence of invited guests Madeleine Ogilvie MP, The Hon Elise Archer, Adriana Taylor and Frank’s partner Alderman Helen Burnet, all in bi- partisan encouragement.
A very big thank you to our supporting sponsors including Gerry Dilga at Howrah Caltex, The Bellerive Hub, Angela and Brad at Howrah Food Store (who provided services or products) and also chocolates and State Cinema tickets provided by supporters of the Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation.
The Fred Binns Parkinson Foundation thanks all who participated on the day and their contribution in assisting the Foundation in supporting research into Parkinson’s disease – see you next year we hope.