Many people are surprised to know more than 70,000 Australians are currently living with Parkinson’s disease, and that an additional 30 cases are diagnosed every single day – 20% of whom are under the age of 50 (and in 10% of cases are still under 40).
The sad fact is there’s still much we don’t know about this indiscriminate and debilitating disease. That’s why the Insurance Advisernet Foundation was so pleased to recently donate $5,000 to not-for-profit organisation, Shake It Up Australia Foundation, in its ongoing quest to find a cure.
“Parkinson’s is a terrible, yet all-too-common, disease that urgently needs more focus,” said IA Foundation Chairman, Ian Carr. “On behalf of Insurance Advisernet and our authorised representatives we’re delighted to be assisting the vital work of Shake It Up.”
Shake It Up Australia was established in 2011 by Clyde Campbell, a father of three and business owner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease himself in 2009 at the age of just 44. Since 2011 Shake It Up has committed more than $3 million to 21 Parkinson’s research projects at institutes around Australia including The Garvan Institute, Macquarie University, Neuroscience Research Australia, The Florey Institute and The University of Queensland.
Today Shake It Up continues to fund world leading research in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Projects are funded on a 50/50 basis with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, allowing Shake It Up to effectively double the reach of every dollar it receives.
One of the critical projects currently being funded is the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative at Macquarie University in Sydney, which seeks to identify biomarkers for Parkinson’s – part of a wider an international study over 5 years involving 24 sites in 14 countries.
Another unique aspect of Shake It Up is that the founding directors continue to personally fund all of the Foundation’s operating and administrative costs. This means, unlike many not-for-profit groups, 100% of every dollar donated goes towards funding research projects.