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Clyde Campbell, Founder of Shake It Up Australia Foundation, to deliver 2019 James Parkinson Oration

Parkinson’s Queensland President and National Vice-President, Professor George Mellick PhD has today announced that Mr Clyde Campbell, Founder of the Shake it up Australia Foundation will present the Parkinson’s Queensland Inc 2019 James Parkinson Oration at a corporate luncheon event to be held in Brisbane at the Pullman Brisbane, King George Square on World Parkinson’s Day, Thursday 11th April 2019.

Attendees at the event will include senior State Government members and representatives and officials, corporate leaders, Senior Bureaucrats, donors, stakeholders and media. Of course, Parkinson’s Queensland will also be engaging with federal representatives and senators and, above all, our Parkinson’s family.

Mr Campbell will speak on the recently announced Australian Parkinson’s Mission and its importance to Australia’s research, as well as his passionate involvement as a key stakeholder, influencer and person living with Parkinson’s.

Professor Mellick said “Clyde Campbell’s preparedness to deliver Parkinson’s Queensland’s 2019 James Parkinson’s Orator is significant acknowledgement of the role of research in finding a cure and will lift the awareness of Parkinson’s nationally. His participation will be well regarded across all levels of research, politics, business and philanthropy while emphasising the importance of everyone working in collaboration towards a common goal; finding a cure for Parkinson’s. We are honoured Clyde will make Brisbane the location for World Parkinson’s Day this year. ”

In addition, during the luncheon proceedings, Parkinson’s Queensland will announce a number of Travel Awards intended to assist Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to attend the 5th World Parkinson’s Congress to be held in Kyoto, Japan.

Some brief interim background information of Clyde Campbell courtesy of Shake It Up Australia Foundation;

Clyde Campbell was diagnosed at the age of 44 with Parkinson’s disease. Originally from northern New South Wales, Clyde lives now with his wife and three children in Sydney, Australia.

Clyde started out as an electrical apprentice in country NSW. In 1987, Clyde started his own company Machinery Automation & Robotics which grew to 70 staff, servicing Australian and international clients with high-tech automation and robotic solutions from offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. His vision for technology was the driving force behind his rapid progression from apprentice to CEO. Clyde is a man who likes to ‘get things done’.   In January 2015 the company was sold to Scott Technology and trades under the name of Scott Automation & Robotics.   Clyde’s role with the business sees him focus on new technologies, business development and acquisitions for the group internationally.

Clyde was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009, after noticing a tremor in his left hand holding notes when presenting at a company planning day.

After quickly accepting his prognosis, Clyde set out to learn as much as possible about Parkinson’s and what was being done worldwide to find a cure.

Clyde has an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for the future. He decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure but to join the action. Clyde launched Shake it up Foundation Australia and partnered with The Michael J. Fox Foundation to increase awareness and funding for Parkinson’s research targeted at better treatments and ultimately a cure.

Australia has some of the world’s leading scientists specialising in Parkinson’s. What Australia needs now is financial assistance to accelerate this research. Clyde’s vision in establishing Shake It Up Australia Foundation has created an opportunity for everyone in Australia to make a difference.

Since starting the foundation Shake It Up have co-funded 32 Parkinson’s research projects across 12 Australian research institutes to the value of over $10.4 million.  Most of the projects are funded on a 50/50 basis with The Michael J. Fox Foundation which means that we are effectively able to double the reach of the funds we raise. This collaboration has made Shake It Up the largest non-government funders of Parkinson’s research across multiple institutes in Australia.

Full details regarding the Walk in the Park event will be published separately. In the meantime we ask you to save the date in your diaries.

Contact: Mark Hindle
Chief Executive Officer
Parkinson’s Queensland Inc

Mobile:  0419 006 540
Email:    ceo@parkinsons-qld.org.au

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