Tomaree Peninsula Parkinson’s Support Group walk in memory of Geoff Ashworth

Some of the attendees before the walk up Tomaree Mountain.
Some of the attendees before the walk up Tomaree Mountain.

 

TOMAREE Peninsula Parkinson’s Support Group, (TPPSG), honoured one of their late members, Geoff Ashworth, by walking up Tomaree Mountain on Saturday.

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Mr Ashworth was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, five years prior to climbing Tomaree Mountain, and shortly after, he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.

Mr Ashworth’s wish before he died was to raise awareness for both groups.

With lots of support, and a five-hour climbing ordeal, he conquered Tomaree Mountain.

It was the result of training four times per week with Lee Anlezark, President, Tomaree Parkinson’s Support Group, that Mr Ashworth found the strength and determination to carry out his wish.

As a result of this climb Mr Ashworth and his supporters raised over $20,000.

People with Parkinson’s face an array of debilitating issues.

Not just the obvious tremor and fatigue, but the potential loss of dignity and independence.

People assuming you are drunk when in fact you are unsteady on your feet.

Loss of driving licence which can then lead to isolation and loss of independence.

“As I have had two knees replaced and one hip replacement, climbing the hill was a test both mentally and physically,” Trevor Babore, Treasurer, TPPSG, told News Of The Area.

“I am extremely happy with how my body performed today.”

Steve Lovell, a TPPSG member said, “The support from the group and encouragement to keep going is what kept me going, as anticipated, it was much more gruelling on the descent, my knees will be sore tomorrow.”

Ted Smith, TPPSG member stated, “I have been wanting to do this walk for four years, but have not had the nerve, strength or good health to give it a try, however, with the support from this group and a knee reconstruction both have contributed to making it possible.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to TPPSG please call Lee Anlezark, 0488 438 348.

 

By Mandy ELLIS

One thought on “Tomaree Peninsula Parkinson’s Support Group walk in memory of Geoff Ashworth

  1. Dear Sir,
    I am trying to contact Mr Trevor Babore the treasurer of the local TPPSG who appeared in an article with an image 06/11/2017 in your publication. I have a long association with Trevor going back to the early 1970’s when we both served in Oberon submarines. I have only just been made aware that he has Parkinsons disease through other contacts in the ex-submariner community but they do not even have his email address. Contact email address is below.Yours sincerely Robert McGuigan.

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