Walking for worthy cause

Gwelup resident Peter Green, who has Parkinson’s disease, will participate in the Parkinson’s WA Unity Walk. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d406116
Gwelup resident Peter Green, who has Parkinson’s disease, will participate in the Parkinson’s WA Unity Walk. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d406116

The father of two and new grandfather said he was looking forward to the event, taking place at Perry Lakes, which he believes is important in connecting people and families suffering with the disease as well as raising awareness among Western Australians.

‘The unity walk is a means of letting people know what is involved in Parkinson’s disease, how it affects people and just being a bit understanding of people who have Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases,’ he said. This will be the first Unity Walk Mr Green and his wife Cindy have taken part in, and he will later be singing in the Parkinsong choir, something he said has helped him connect with other Parkinson’s sufferers.

‘That’s just a way of staying active and doing things we enjoy and we don’t have to be good singers which I’m not, but it’s a good way of mixing with people and staying active,’ he said.

Mr Green was a primary school teacher and principal at both Wanneroo Primary and Creaney Primary schools and retired just months before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a disease that affects about 100,000 Australians.

He said the news of being diagnosed came as a shock to him and his family.

‘Since being diagnosed seven years ago it’s had a fairly dramatic affect on my lifestyle, it does impinge on your ways of life,’ he said. ‘My condition has deteriorated but it’s still not too bad and I can still carry out most of life’s activities.’

The Collingwood supporter, who enjoys walking and travelling, said he has been lucky to have a very supportive family and group of friends.

Mr Green hoped the walk would raise awareness of the disease in WA, teaching people that Parkinson’s could affect anyone.

‘Parkinson’s people are normal people with difficulties that generally they can overcome with help and support of other people,’ he said.

He was also quick to thank Osborne Park Hospital staff who specialise in neurological disease, who he said helped him and his family tremendously during his time there.