Awards recognise contribution to community

Parkinsons New Zealand is marking its 30th anniversary by recognising the contribution people with Parkinsons and volunteers make in the community.

Nominations are open for five awards.

Three different categories of recognition awards celebrate people with Parkinsons who contribute to the wider community, endeavour to remain fit and active and who "seize the day" with their passion for work, creativity or a hobby.

There are also two awards for volunteers who give great service. Nominations close on March 4 and can be found on the website parkinsons

Chief executive Deidre O'Sullivan says the information and support services available to New Zealanders living with Parkinsons is a far cry from when the organisation's founding members searched for support to no avail in 1983.

"We now have a society with 20 divisions nationwide, more than 50 staff and our members and volunteers number in their thousands," chief executive Deirdre O'Sullivan says.

Eastern Courier