Walk the Bay to support Parkinson’s disease research

GLENORCHY residents are being urged to strap on their walking shoes and hit the pavement on Sunday 2 April to help support the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Now in its second year, the Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation’s “Walk the Bay for Parkinson’s” is held in honour of Fred Binns.

The Hobart orthopaedic surgeon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 and died of complications of the disease in 2013.

The event, which this year coincides with World Parkinson’s Day, aims to raise money to fund Parkinson’s disease research and services.

As the second-most common adult onset neurological condition after Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s affects approximately 6.3 million people worldwide, including 2500 Tasmanians.

A common misconception about Parkinson’s is that it only affects older people.

Although the average age of onset is 65-years, Parkinson’s can impact adults of any age, with symptoms including tremors, muscular stiffness and slowed movements.

The cause or causes of the disease currently remain unknown.

The Walk the Bay for Parkinson’s kicks off at 10am at the Pavilion, Wilkinson’s Point in Glenorchy.

Participants are asked to pre-register online at www.fredbinns.org.au.

Registration will also be available on the day.

Walkers will be able to enjoy a walk catering for all levels of fitness, along with food and drinks, children’s entertainment and information stands.

Children are encouraged to bring their bikes and scooters, and well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

For more information about the walk, visit www.fredbinns.org.au.

Caption: The Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation is holding a “Walk the Bay” event in Glenorchy to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Parkinson’s research

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