Kingston Lions make donation through Parkinson's SA

The Lions Club of Kingston president Steve Lomman last week attended a luncheon held by Liz Wingard whose aim is to raise more awareness for research and support for Parkinson's disease.

April 11 is World Parkinson's Day and events took place around the globe to raise awareness and funds for research and support for families and those living with the condition.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition from all walks of life, currently conservative estimates indicate that there are over 70,000 people living with Parkinson's in Australia making it the most common major movement disorder.

One in every 340 people in Australia lives with Parkinson's.

As Parkinson's prevalence increases threefold after the age of 65, the growth rate in the number of people living with Parkinson's is expected to increase dramatically as the Australian population ages.

Parkinson's is classified as a movement disorder but is now recognised as a complex condition with many non-motor symptoms as well.

Common motor symptoms include: tremor, rigidity (stiffness of the muscles), akinesia (abnormal movement).

In addition, because of postural instability, poor balance can be a feature.

These symptoms are also associated with disturbance of gait (the manner of walking), particularly as Parkinson's progresses.

The symptoms may occur alone or in combination.

They usually start on one side of the body and after a period of years will then involve the other side of the body.

There is no single cause and no known cure for Parkinson's disease available at this point in time.

The Lions Club of Kingston proudly presented Liz with a cheque for $500 on behalf of Parkinson's SA.

Liz has raised over $5000 towards the Parkinson disease cause and would like to thank everyone around the Kingston district for their generosity.