World Parkinson’s Day is around the corner on April 11, and the local group Shoalhaven Shakers have organised a mini fete to raise awareness about the condition, and to raise funds for locals living with Parkinson’s.
Shoalhaven Parkinson’s nurse Nina Cheyne acknowledged the Shoalhaven Shakers for playing a vital role in empowering those who are living with the degenerative condition.
“They allow people who are isolated to feel free to come out and mingle,” she said.
“Historically people with Parkinson’s would be scared to come out, ashamed of shaking and of slurred speech.
“The Shoalhaven Shakers allows them to access exercise classes, and assists people who don't have Parkinson’s to join the group, which builds community spirit.”
Mrs Cheyne said Parkinson’s affects people mentally as much as it does physically.
“Because they all suffer with anxiety and depression, they take every day as it comes,” she said.
The fete will take place at the Wesley Centre hall in Nowra from 11am-3pm on Wednesday.
Come down and support the community.
There will be a sausage sizzle, cake stalls, and bric-a-brac for sale.