Last month, Jo Bellamy Salon swapped their hairdryers and scissors with running gear to support a great cause close to their hearts, Parkinson’s disease, writes Adeline Kintono.

The salon joined the Shake it Up Foundation team in the annual Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival on 22nd September 2013 and helped contribute to the $63,966 that was raised. The partnership had been one that Jo was excited about and the running festival was the best way to kick off the salon’s first of many activities with the organisation.

The Shake it Up Foundation was established by Clyde Campbell in 2011 to promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research in Australia and works in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the US.

It is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia and 100,000 individuals are affected in Australia alone – most sufferers are usually under the age of 50 years old. For Jo Bellamy, Parkinson’s disease is something that she knows quite well. Hitting close to home, Jo’s brother-in-law suffers from Parkinson’s and 30 Australians are diagnosed with the disease every day.

“Although it affects [my brother-in-law] every day and to watch him continue to push himself and achieve so much regardless of the diagnosis made me realise how much more we can all push ourselves and how much I can give to this cause. Joining the Shake It Up team for the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival is just the start of our ongoing activity together,” said Jo.

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