Helen Hammond is well-known for her support of the arts and music, particularly the annual THRF Group – Parkinson’s art exhibitions at Living Choice Fullarton for many years.
Throughout this time, Helen has championed for Parkinson’s SA and Parkinson’s disease as she herself is living with Parkinson’s. After much thought and professional discussion, Helen decided to undertake Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery at Calvary Adelaide Hospital last year.
And because the procedure required her entire head to be shaved, Helen decided to turn the experience into a fundraiser for Parkinson’s SA&NT, raising an incredible $8,200!
First, Helen had her hair coloured purple, prior to having it all removed ready for her surgery.
Helen then invited fellow residents and friends to join her for drinks and nibbles to witness the ‘big shave’. More than 80 took the opportunity to donate to Parkinson’s SA&NT, including Living Choice Fullarton through Group General Manager Jason Sack with a donation of $1,000!
Helen is now recovering from her surgery and has spoken of her gratitude to those who donated to the cause.
“I’m absolutely delighted – I hope it inspires others to turn a negative into a positive!”