10 May 2019 | Tennis ACT

The annual Ladies Charity Day held on Thursday 2 May has raised an impressive $2200 for Parkinson’s ACT.  Hosted by Belconnen and Melba Tennis Clubs, participants hit the courts for some tennis, before enjoying a barbecue lunch.

Parkinson’s ACT is a non-profit self-help organisation run by volunteers who are themselves people living with Parkinson’s and their carers.  They provide information, support and education for people living with Parkinson’s and their families in the ACT and surrounding areas.

Parkinson’s ACT committee member, Judith Ducker, said the significant donation would be put to good use.

“The enormous amount raised is sufficient to cover the costs of mailing our monthly bulletin for twelve months,  or it would fund a scholarship for a nurse in an aged care facility to study a specific six-month Parkinson’s education course.   It could also cover the costs of hiring a venue for Singing for Parkinson’s for twelve months”.

“The support also provides significant psychological support for the volunteers who run PACT.  It is a heart-warming gesture that makes us realise that the work we do is valued and boosts our morale,” Ducker added.

In an added bonus to Parkinson’s ACT, the day also facilitated a connection between the organisation and Belconnen Tennis Club coach, Jeff Gray, with discussions underway to start up a new program.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day and to the organisations who donated items for the day.

To find out more about Parkinson’s ACT, please visit their website.