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Lets Don our shoes for Parkinsons Unity Walk and Run
Parkinson's Unity Walk and Run Sunday 25th August, 2013.

Yes it's that time again. The 6th Parkinson's Unity Walk and Run is fast approaching. Fantastic Prizes are up for grabs and a worthy organisation will allow Parkinson Sufferers to benefit. As of May, NSW has raised $820. Since 2008, when Parkinson's Unity Walk and Run in Australia began $1.2 Million has been raised. Let's blow that number out of the water, funding research and support services.

Parkinsons Unity Walk and Run - courtesy of

Commencing at Cathy Freeman Park also referred to as The Overflow, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park.

Cost and Registration, Adults $30, Child $20 (Under 5 years of age - free) Dogs $10 (they get a Unity Walk Bandanna). Family Discounts for One Adult Two Children $65, Two Adults Two Children $95. Official holders of a Companion Card are Free,
Early Registration.

A Special Commemorative T Shirt for the event is available to the first 1500 Unity Walkers who register. Collection on the Day at Registration Tent. Purple Unity T Shirts will be supplied to all walkers. You may register on the day, however if you do, an Early Registered Participant registration closes, 12am, 19th August, 2013 placing you in the running to Win a Night's Accommodation including Buffet Breakfast for two at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. Enter the 8 km Run and you are automatically entered to win a Hawaiian Holiday, two up for grabs for the Winners of the Mens and Women's 8 km Run There are discounts for entering both events.

Even your pooch gets a Bandanna - courtesy of

Parkinson's Disease (named after James Parkinson, an English Doctor, who published An Essay on the Shaking Palsyis in 1817). A truly devastating, second, most degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, affecting the midbrain region cells. Symptoms include shaking, rigid, slow movements, difficulty walking and gait (ankle to heel section). Thinking and behavioural changes, dementia, depression, sensory functions, and sleep irregularity are all wrapped into one disabling disease. The majority of diagnoses are over 50 years of age.

Time to stamp it out, awareness brings funding, funding means science, science means more extensive treatment and support available. Modern treatments are effective at early stage Parkinson's onset. Anyone can experience Parkinson's, Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali, are two famous figures that have stepped up awareness for this cause. They have no known cure or cause.

To raise money for funding and awareness, you can choose between the 8km, 4km course, or a Walk around Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney Athletics Centre. Both courses will be marshaled and sign posted. Walk part or the full course, it's up to you.

Commencing with the 8 km course register 7am for 8am start; 4 km course 8.30am registration for 10am start. Presentations 8 km at 10am and 4 km at 10.45am. Walk registration 9.30am for 11am Warm Up and 11.30am start. Walk concludes at 12.30pm with Entertainment, Fun and well earned lunch on offer.

Relax after Unity's Walk and Run - courtesy of

Fund Raise Sponsor a group, solo, family, children, dogs, walk for a great cause. Any donations over $2 are tax deductible. Fund raising closes 4pm Monday 9th September, 2013, so plenty of time to get organisations, business and sporting groups involved in raising much required vital funds.

Walk on behalf of a Parkinson's Patient, Honour them by wearing The Parkinson's Unit Walk, Honour Certificate on your back as you walk for awareness and support. Honour Cards will also be available at the event.

Parkinson's NSW in appreciation for helping raise awareness would like to honour all participants with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Sit back and relax after your wonderful effort for Parkinson's Unity Walk and Run, and enjoy the entertainment provided. It's such a worthy cause and open for all ages and disable friendly, don't forget to bring your pooch for a walk.

Website and photos:

Unity Walk NSW

Unity Walk Certificates

Unity Walk Honour Card

Cathy Freeman Park

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Why? Parkinsons Unity Walk and Run
When: Sunday 25th August 2013
Phone: 1800 644 189
Where: Cathy Freeman Park also referred as The Overflow, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park.
Cost: $30 Adult, $20 Child (under 5 free), $10 Dog Family Packages available
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