Art will add colour to Parkinson’s event

Staff reporterSound Telegraph

Meadow Springs artist Sue Edge will feature heavily in next month’s Parkinson’s WA fundraiser, A Walk in the Park.

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Edge has discovered a creative side that sparked a flurry of poetry and colour.

The local painter makes a donation to Parkinson’s WA for each painting sold and has an online shop, with a selection of items featuring her colourful designs.

The commission earned from sales of her Living Well with Parkinson’s collection is also donated to Parkinson’s WA.

Those items and more will be on display in September when A Walk in the Park kicks off.

Edge said she had sold more than 20 paintings since she began displaying her art at the Parkinson’s WA head office.

“I was honoured when Parkinson’s WA asked me to display my paintings ... in July and completely overwhelmed when the pictures were so popular that they asked me to extend the exhibition to the end of August,” she said.

“Since being diagnosed, I have learned that when you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.

“That’s where your power is. So I try to spread the message that although this diagnosis is challenging, life doesn’t end with a diagnosis, it just changes direction.”

Coinciding with Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the walk is a family and pet-friendly event which will feature performances from Wasamba Drummers, Bollywood Dance Studio, AusDance and singers from the Parkinsong Support Program.

There will also be food trucks, crafts stalls, homemade produce, a kids corner and prizes.

Parkinson’s WA chief executive Brenda Matthews said people travelled from across the Perth metro area for the event each year.

“There are currently more than 100,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s throughout Australia. Over 8000 of those are in WA,” she said.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 17 at Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat.

Gates open at 9.30am with the 2km and 5km walks beginning at 11am.

Registrations are $25 for an adult, $15 for a child and $5 for a dog, with family tickets for $65.

To register visit parkinsonswa.org.au.

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