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Setting sail for Parkinson’s disease

Poppy Moore and her parents

On March 29th 2017, Sydney local Poppy Moore will set sail for the trip of a lifetime circumnavigating Australia to raise money and awareness of Parkinson’s disease on a trip that will take at least a year.

Poppy’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and she wanted to do something to raise funds for Parkinson’s.

Ms. Moore said “I’ve always loved traveling and exploring new places so I decided to combine my passion for sailing and exploring with raising funds for Parkinson’s.”

An experienced sailor who has been a member of the Balmain Sailing Club for the past 16 years, Ms. Moore has undergone extensive preparation for the journey, similar to what is required for the Sydney to Hobart.

Ms Moore will be sailing on an East Coast 31 called Scaramouch.

It has taken her almost two years to fit out the boat for the trip.

Ms Moore said: “I’m now quite handy with power tools & know the boat inside & out! I plan to explore as much of the Australian coast and coastal regions as possible, learning about the Australian and indigenous cultures as I travel.”

Sailors are invited to join Poppy along her journey and she will be stopping off at sailing clubs along the way & taking part in sailing regattas.

Poppy is aiming to raise $12,000 for Parkinson’s NSW.

Members of the media and the general public are invited to farewell Poppy on her journey, departing from the Balmain Sailing Club, Water Street, Balmain on Wednesday March 29th 2017 (weather permitting) from 10am. Launch time is approximately 12pm.

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