Parkinson Superwalk fundraiser coming up Sept. 12 in Kelowna

Oyama zipline will support a Kelowna-based team that has connections to Parkinson disease and Oyama

Gearing up for SuperZip and SuperWalk

Peter and Jennifer Madsen of Oyama Zipline and their staff are harnessing collective energy to contribute to charity while encouraging people to get outside to walk or zipline.

If you like faster paced fun and the idea of supporting Parkinson Canada SuperWalk – Oyama Zipline offers a solution.

“All proceeds from SuperZip will support SuperWalk”, said Jennifer Madsen of Oyama Zipline.

SuperWalk is a Parkinson Society fundraiser taking place Sept. 12 at Kelowna Waterfront Park. Parkinson Society Canada donations are being collected at Oyama Zipline reception, then matched by the Madsens. As well, the proceeds from SuperZip will be donated to Carole Taylor and her SuperWalk Team, “The Good Vibrations”.

There are a few ways Oyama Zipline will bolster the “Good Vibrations” and ally with their captain, Carole Taylor, to help raise funds for Parkinson Disease.

“The Kelowna Good Vibration team is led by an Oyama resident who has been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease”, Madsen continued, “We have a diagnosis in our family as well. This year we are partnering with Carole Taylor’s team. We will collect donations at our business and match those donations. As well, we will help with promotion and an event”.

The dozen or so ladies that make up “The Kelowna Good Vibrations”  meet throughout the year. They help each other through their “Parkinson Disease Journey’ with empathy, laughter and supportive actions. They sometimes get together to tick-off a bucketlist activity. Carole Taylor reported that ziplining was a fun activity people can do even with some functional limitations. “Those of us living with Parkinson’s look forward to the SuperWalk and appreciate our communities’ support.”

The purposes behind Parkinson Society Canada is to fund research into better treatment and programs for the more than 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinsons Disease. Support services, education and advocacy provided by the Parkinson Society will see greater demand in the years ahead. By 2031, the number of Canadians over 65 living with Parkinson’s disease is predicted to double. This significant growth in the Parkinson’s population in the coming years’ means that funding for research is vital to ensure better treatment and ultimately a cure.

“Our business chose to make major contributions, about $6,000 so far, to help provide essential programs to help the 12,500 individuals living with Parkinson’s in BC. “It is a tradition for Oyama Zipline to support Kelowna’s Parkinsons Canada Superwalk with an event called SuperZip. On that day Thursday, Sept. 10, proceeds for zipline tours will be donated to SuperWalk”.

There are several ways that you can get involved in SuperWalk events taking place in communities across British Columbia. Besides attending SuperZip in Oyama, you can make a donation to Superwalk online or at Oyama Zipline. “If you don’t wish to walk or zipline, consider sponsoring a team such as the Good Vibrations on the website www.parkinson.bc.ca/SuperWalk”, suggests Carole Taylor. “With Oyama Zipline lending a hand in this project, we hope to exceed our fundraising goal of $5000.”

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