JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE EFFECTS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
This World Parkinson’s Day 2021, we are fundraising to purchase more ‘Fightmasters’ for our Centres regionally and in the metro area.
A Fightmaster is a sophisticated piece of boxing equipment that enables Clients to experience the benefits of boxing as an exercise therapy, something that is proven to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
“With Parkinson’s disease, your movements are slow, small and weak but for boxing you have to make fast, large, strong movements,” says Dr David Blacker, a neurologist who is developing a non-contact boxing program for Parkinson’s patients at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Perron Institute.
MSWA Rockingham Client, Charles Van Niekerk (pictured left), who has been using one of the three Fightmasters MSWA was able to purchase last year, says that for him it is more than that.
“Boxing with the Fightmaster has improved my concentration and memory greatly. It’s not just a matter of hitting the punchbag - that’s easy! The challenge is hitting the numbered pads in a sequence. It’s helped me to build that part of my brain up – give it exercise. I don’t know the
words to express how grateful I am to MSWA for the difference their input has made to my condition.”
“To anyone else with Parkinson’s like myself, I’d highly recommend boxing therapy with a Fightmaster. I’d be very pleased if more people
with Parkinson’s across WA had access to one.”
To help us install this vital piece of equipment in more of our Services Centres, follow this link to donate.
If you or a family member are living with Parkinson’s disease, read more about the ways MSWA supports people living with