Walk the Bay for Parkinson’s Day

THE Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation is back to hold its annual event ‘Walk the Bay’ next month.

Fred Binns was a highly-respected Hobart orthopaedic surgeon who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006.

He later died of related complications in 2013.

The walk is held each year in Fred’s honour to increase awareness of the disease in the community and raise funds for research.

Director of the Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation Di Binns welcomed anyone who wanted to take part in the event.

“Hundreds of people, families, children and dogs too have joined in the walk over the years and helped to raise awareness, some money and most importantly have some fun,” she said.

“This year the organisers have chosen purple as a theme colour and we encourage everyone to don some purple for the walk.”

There will be walks for all ages and levels of fitness, as well as food and drinks, face painting and information booths.

The event will be held on 8 April to align closely with events around the world that highlight World Parkinson’s Day on 11 April.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological condition after Alzheimer’s, affecting more than 2,500 Tasmanians and 6.3 million people worldwide.

The event starts at 9.30am from the Pavilion at Wilkinson’s Point, Glenorchy.

Registration will be available on the day, but pre-registration is recommended and may be completed online at www.fredbinns.org.au.

Caption: Local residents get into their stride at last year’s Walk the Bay event.