After a long COVID break from fundraising, our Toowoomba Parkinson’s Support Group realised we needed to, once again, put something together to continue to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease in our community, offer a fun social outing to members and provide support to local People with Parkinson’s through our monthly meetings, our Dance classes and our Choir sessions.
To this end, we ran two consecutive lunches at Thai on High Restaurant, with a total of 120 guests. We used Voucher Raffles to raise most of the funds and these raffles were very well received. A local a cappella singing group, Les Cinqalongs, provided wonderful entertainment and everyone said it was a great time out. Our coffers are now refreshed and we probably do not need to fundraise for another two years at least!!
Joe and Carol, Barb and John, and David were recently interviewed by Megan for her 'Big Little Small Talk' segment on local FM 102.7 radio. This was planned as an activity to help raise the awareness of Parkinson's in our community as the 2023 calendar rolls towards World Parkinson's Day on April 11th. Have a listen, you will find it both interesting and enjoyable.
Fiona and Susan joined us from PQI.
Blue Mountain Hotel is an great venue for us - excellent access, close parking and everyone seemed to appreciate the generous plates of food as well.
A sea of faces - some long time members and some newer members.
Some at the lunch told stories about their unexpected ‘blast from the past’; meeting up with someone they had not seen in years – from schooldays; from teen years; from early work days. What a small world it is!
We thought we might have to ask for the background music to be turned down - NO NEED! We drowned it out with our chatter.
Our largest group gathering to date - 70 through the door and 14 sincere apologies.
Just happened to coordinate with Awareness Month! It was great to have this session available in Toowoomba for all of those interested in finding out the latest information about Parkinson's Disease as well as other Movement Disorders.
Thanks Edwina and Peter - great interview for the newspaper!
Photo - Kevin Farmer, Toowoomba Chronicle
Unfortunately we could not add the full article, written by Morgan Burley for the Toowoomba Chronicle to our website. If you would like to see a newspaper cutting, please contact Carol on 46597646.
Six of our members - Janette and Trevor Hopper, Edwina and Peter Tierney and Carol and Joe Chalmers discussed life with PD - interviewed by Megan O'Hara Sullivan on 4DDB.
You can listen below through Spotify.
Some flowers for Jan to say thank you for all she has done!
Jan and Ron have led the group for many years. We cannot say a big enough THANK YOU. We are just pleased that you plan to stay around as members.
Patricia thanks Jan on behalf of the group. We hope Jan and Ron enjoy their simpler time with us as 'ordinary' members!
Four couples in our Toowoomba Parkinson's Support Group celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversaries on Saturday, August 7th. What a remarkable coincidence! The support group celebrated with a catered light lunch at a social meeting on Thursday, August 5th. See further information in Notes of Meetings.
The winners of the Multi-Draw Raffle were drawn at the August Social Meeting. Seven prizes in all left seven people very happy with their wins. Thank you to everyone for all the hard work! We made a tidy profit so that was very pleasing and very welcome
An annual awareness and fundraising lunch is usually held on the first Thursday in May. Coupled with a Multi-Draw Raffle, This raises enough money for us to donate to Parkinson's research and cover the yearly expenses of our group's activities.
Covid-19 caused cancellation this year.
The group has some wonderful prizes donated to the annual raffle. Tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5. This year the main prize is a hand-made quilt. Usually the raffle is drawn at the luncheon.
Covid-19 caused postponement of the raffle this year.
THIS RAFFLE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE YEAR AND WILL BE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN IN 2021.