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.
If you do not already have an event in mind, the following websites can help you find one:
To help you with your fundraising, you can set up a fundraising page on Givealittle. This handy online option 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!
Stephen Gibson - 10km Stadium to Surf Charity Walk
Stephen Gibson is an amazing fundraiser--he's helped raise funds to support many great causes in Dunedin. He took part in the 10km Stadium to Surf Charity Walk and raised over $775 for Parkinson's New Zealand.
Swar Sadhana School of Indian Music and Dance
Swar Sadhana School of Indian Music and Dance held a wonderful concert in Auckland and donated the proceeds from the concert to Parkinson's New Zealand. They raised a whopping $4,500 for us. Thanks to everyone who took part!
The Rose Singers took part in a pantomime performance to raise funds for Parkinson's New Zealand and raised $1,500.
Noah McNeill, age 9, held a raffle at Sacred Heart Primary School in Petone to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's New Zealand. A big thank you to Noah and to the Lower Hutt and Petone businesses that supported Noah's raffle. You raised an amazing $750 for Parkinson's New Zealand!
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.
Rachel 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.