Parkinson’s WA: Applecross resident hosts cuppa for a cause


Dorothy Davidson, Lisa Thomas, Mary Easterbrook and Christine Churchman raise their cups to a good cause. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d475183
Dorothy Davidson, Lisa Thomas, Mary Easterbrook and Christine Churchman raise their cups to a good cause. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d475183

MARY Easterbrook is no stranger to hosting a fundraiser and her latest will be another one close to her heart.

In an effort to raise money for Parkinson’s WA, the Applecross resident has organised a high tea to be held at her home on Saturday.

Ms Easterbrook was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder affecting about 70,000 Australians, in 2011.

She first realised something was wrong after treatment for breast cancer.

She said the high tea, which will be attended by 120 people, was about doing what she could “for people worse off than me”.

“I see a lot of people with Parkinson’s and the effect it has on them,” she said. “I try to raise money for those really in need of it, for research, cures, therapy and programs.”

Much like when she transformed her home into a scene from the Chelsea Flower Show or hosted a boat trip up the Swan River – both for Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea – she has gone to extra lengths to ensure people have fun. Included will be a fashion parade, flower display from the Geranium and Pelargonium Society of Western Australia, raffles, sing-alongs and plenty of food.

Parkinson’s WA will also have a guest speaker to talk about the condition.

Anyone looking for information can email Ms Easterbrook on measterbrook1@optusnet.com.au.

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