LIGHT OF DAY FOR PARKINSON’S

LIGHT OF DAY FOR PARKINSON’S

PARKINSON’S Disease affects people across the world – it doesn’t discriminate and is merciless in its targets.
Approximately 1000 new cases are diagnosed in Victoria per year, or an average of 19 every week of the year. About 20% of those are aged between 30 and 50.
On Saturday July 19 a group of Australia’s most talented musicans will rock Ocean Grove’s Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill to raise money and awareness in the fight against Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressively degenerative neurological disorder which affects the control of body movements.
Symptoms result from the progressive degeneration of neuronal cells located in the substantia nigra. This causes a deficiency in the availability of dopamine; a chemical neurotransmitter (messenger) necessary for the production of smooth controlled movements.
Well known identities diagnosed with Parkinson’s include Michael J Fox and more recently Billy Connolly.
In Ocean Grove dozens of people are living with Parkinson’s.  The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear when about 70% of dopamine producing cells cease to function normally. Symptoms develop slowly and gradually progress over years, but are greatly helped by drug treatment.
The Light of Day Australia event is raising money to help Parkinson’s Victoria in its work supporting, caring for and advocating on behalf of those diagnosed locally. LOD Australia is also supporting the work of the Light of Day Foundation which contributes to the global fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s.
Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $2 million in the fight to find a cure. What began as a single concert in New Jersey has grown into 35 shows in 12 countries throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Light of Day Australia in Ocean Grove will be the first in this country.
The Light of Day concerts and the organisation began as a birthday party in November 1998 to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin.
Throughout July the chicken shop is donating  $1 from every whole chicken sold to the Light of Day Australia fund. Donations can be made to the Light of Day Australia Bendigo Bank account 152169264. For more information  follow the Light of Day Australia Facebook page. For tickets visit the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill or contact Alan Barber on 0400-721 185.

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