Parkinson’s ACT is excited to announce its biennial fund-raising event to be held on Sunday 20th October at Rond Terrace, on the edge of beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. This year we are expanding the activities that families, friends and colleagues can participate in to help raise funds for support services for people in our community living with Parkinson’s and their families. In keeping with this year’s theme “Keep Moving”, PACT is hosting a 5km race that participants can run, walk or Nordic Walk. This will be the first ever officially timed Nordic Walking race in Australia. Who will you walk for? Get it in your diary now and start training and spreading the word! More details to come!
It’s estimated that there may be more than 110,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Australia, making it the most common major movement disorder. One in every 308 people (2018 est.) in Australia lives with Parkinson’s. On average, 37 new cases are diagnosed every day and 13,500 new cases were diagnosed in 2018. In 2014 prevalence of Parkinson’s was higher than many cancers including breast cancer, colorectal, stomach, liver and pancreatic cancer, lymphoma and leukaemia, kidney and bladder, uterine, cervical, and ovarian, and lung cancer. There is a common misconception that Parkinson's affects only older people, this is wrong. Around 20% of people with Parkinson's are of working age and many are diagnosed in their 30's and 40's.
Parkinson’s ACT is a voluntary organisation that currently receives no government funding. It supports a wide variety of activities in Canberra, including five different support groups that assist people living with Parkinson’s and their families – and a recently established Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group. PACT also sponsors two dance groups and a Painting with Parkinsons group, provides information seminars, publishes a monthly bulletin and contributes to Parkinson’s research.