Three weeks to go!

The It’s Not Funny team wishes you all a relaxing Easter break!

The Easter weekend marks another milestone in our preparation for the upcoming exhibition ‘Bernie Doesn’t Just Shake!’ at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in three weeks. The exhibition runs for 5 days from 11 – 15 April 2016 with opening hours from 9AM to 5PM.

Come and see Bernie’s paintings, the Bernie Dashboard Doll and find out how it was made. You can also listen to a panel discussion that involves senior researchers, neurologists, an art critic, and people living with Parkinson’s who have re-invented their life. The discussion should spark interesting questions and ideas about the benefits of staying positive when living with Parkinson’s Disease.

The exhibition preparation is progressing well and we are all excited about how things are coming together. Like many events there is a lot to do, and the It’s Not Funny team is extremely thankful for the many supporters that are helping out.

There would be no exhibition without the Garvan Institute and their open-minded staff that embraced our idea for the event.

The Garvan Institute

It was great to receive such spontaneous interest from the Garvan to hold an art exhibition with paintings and a Bernie Wobbly Doll installation to promote the benefits of a positive attitude when living with Parkinson’s.

The Garvan is one of Australia’s major research institutes, in case you haven’t heard about them. For over 50 years, significant breakthroughs have been achieved by Garvan scientists in the understanding and treatment of diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hearing loss, mental illnesses and eating disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Immunological diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Sjogren’s syndrome

You can read more about the history of the Garvan here:

The Garvan offered to open their impressive foyer to the public for the exhibition and to support the event. We are working together with their marketing and philanthropic team on the preparations for the exhibition, and everyone is very accommodating.

We are also excited to have A/Prof Anthony Cooper, a senior research scientist at the Garvan focused on Parkinson’s Disease, in the panel discussion on the opening night of the exhibition. He loved the thought of bringing science closer to people by ‘simplifying’ it through e.g. an art exhibition or event. His expertise in the research of Parkinson’s Disease will be a fantastic contribution to the panel discussion.

A famous horse trainer

Ron Quinton, a highly regarded Sydney horse trainer and former jockey, is another person that spontaneously offered his support for our cause.

Ron’s words were: ‘I’m blessed with good health, even though I’ve broken too many bones over the years, so I consider myself lucky. I’m still able to do what I love, even at my age, whereas others, through no fault of their own, are not so lucky.’ So he decided to help out.

It’s not unusual for Ron to support others; for example he dedicates a lot of his time to mentoring young jockeys. No wonder that he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2014 for his services to racing.

Both Ron and his wife Margaret are very generous and kind people and the It’s Not Funny team highly values their support.

Learn more about Ron and his work here:

You – Our supporters out there

Without your generous support and active involvement we at It’s Not Funny couldn’t do what we set out to do – raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease and for staying positive living with the illness.

It’s fantastic to see that the Bernie Dashboard Doll is attracting attention and a number of people already decided to purchase one. The dolls will be on display at the Garvan throughout the 5-day exhibition.

We thank you for your interest and support!