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Running Round the Bays for 40 Years

RTB Auckland with Team PNZ

After the age of 75, Peter began suffering from a lower back issue which began as a niggling pain.

At an appointment in early 2013, Peter’s GP saw that his movements were slow and drawn out. 

Immediately recognising the classic motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, he realised Peter could have the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.

In barely a few weeks, Peter remembers that a community nurse from Parkinson’s New Zealand had made a free home visit to assess and support him with his condition. 

An avid badminton player and soccer fan during his heyday, Peter knows extremely well that exercise is the key to him managing his symptoms better.

Besides taking part in boxing and a daily physio program, Peter has never forgotten his first love - Running.

RTB Traditions

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Peter attended his first RTB way back in 1981, with his family.

Peter distinctly remembers that his eldest child was 12 at the time, while his son Roger was 11, while his youngest daughter was barely 6 years old.

For the last 39 years, the RTB fun run has become a bit of an unmissable tradition in the Coulson home.

Despite his symptoms progressing at the age of 82, Peter has still managed to partly walk the 8.4 km course with his wife by his side over the past two years.

This year, however, an intergenerational approach is in the works!

The Generation Game

Peter’s son, Roger, joined the Board of Parkinson’s New Zealand after the diagnosis of his father.

Roger remembers how difficult it was for everybody, including Peter’s grandchildren, to see his condition progressing. 

Roger’s daughter, Georgia, is keen to put herself out there for her grandfather, even agreeing to be our new Youth Ambassador for Parkinson’s.

This year, you will find different generations of the Coulson family jostling for a place with the other 29,000 people at RTB as Team PNZ!

Keen to Run For A Cause?

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Parkinson’s New Zealand is a registered charity in the "Ports of Auckland Round the Bays" 2020 fun run. 

Through the efforts of "Team PNZ" and other people fundraising in our charity's name, we are looking to raise crucial funds to support people living with Parkinson’s and their families, by continuing to provide our unique Parkinson’s Nursing service throughout NZ.

Fundraising drives, such as this massive fun run, are a vital source of our operating funds.

As the hunt for a Parkinson's cure continues, our Community Nurses remain invaluable to NZ communities, and so we need your unwavering support!

How You Can Help

Get in touch with Karen Schade on karen.schade@parkinsons.org.nz or call 021 302 580 to join Team PNZ and support more brave Kiwis like Peter Coulson, who are determined to live life positively with Parkinson’s.

If you are keen on running RTB, you can still raise funds by registering to run for us.

If you'd like to donate to spur us forward, then please visit our charity page.

Parkinson’s New Zealand: What We Do

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We offer professional support to people living with Parkinson’s. 

Our team of Parkinson’s Community Nurses develop high-quality medical care plans, while also providing in-depth information.

We connect people with Parkinson’s to speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists.

Parkinson’s NZ also runs networking support groups and exercise classes, while also offering physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, as well as art/music therapy sessions to members.

Get in Touch

If you’d like to contact our charity and hear more about our free services, then give us a call on 04 801 8850 today.

If you’d like to show your support to the service we provide to people with Parkinson’s, then please donate.

To find out whom to contact and what services are available in your area, simply head over to Local Support.