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Overwhelming response to Sandra’s Parkinson’s party

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June 15, 2017

Lorrain Howard, Robyn Aldersea and June Lea.

Joan McCalman, Geraldine King and Pat Burrows.

Pat Smith, Jean Sutton and Naomi Willis.

Ian and Joy McKenzie.

Nicky Seymour, Sandra Cooke and Joan Wallace.

Kevan and Phyl Brown.

It was an overwhelming response from the Deniliquin community as 72 people turned out for the Party for Parkinson’s morning tea last Wednesday.

The fundraiser, which was held at Intereach, raised $1,058 from the $5 entry fee, raffle ticket sales and donations to place a handprint on a Parkinson’s mural.

Guests enjoyed Devonshire tea and scones as event organiser Sandra Cooke shared her personal experiences with the degenerative disorder.

Sandra was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than 10 years ago, while her late husband Ross, who passed away in April this year, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than 40 years ago.

‘‘I thought I’d get the shakes when I stood up to speak,’’ Sandra said.

‘‘It’s one of the effects Parkinson’s has on me.

‘‘But Ron must have been watching over me because I got through what I had to say without any issues.’’

Sandra was overwhelmed with the number of guests at the event, saying she had only expected about 30 people.

‘‘We originally only had 45 scones, but we managed to get enough together for everyone in the end,’’ she said.

‘‘I can’t thank all the volunteers that helped out enough. Without them the day wouldn’t have been successful.

‘‘I’d also like to thank the Pastoral Times, and especially journalist Delaney Couroupis for her article in the newspaper. It was a touching tribute to Ron and has helped achieve my goal of raising awareness of how Parkinson’s can affect people.

‘‘I doubt there would have been such a big response without the article.’’

All funds raised by the event will go to Parkinson’s Victoria, an organisation which raises awareness and funds for Parkinson’s services and research.

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