Wānaka Sun       

Tulip cream tea raises $2,000

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka's Edgewater Hotel got behind Parkinson's New Zealand's fundraising drive last weekend by dedicating their usual Sunday high tea to the cause and raising over $2,000. 

The event was so successful that Edgewater was asked by Parkinson's New Zealand Tulip Cream Tea organizers to be the signature South Island event going forward.

2020 marks the second year that Parkinson's New Zealand have held the Tulip Cream Tea fundraising initiative. “It worked so well for us last year, that we decided to run the programme again in 2020,” said Parkinson's New Zealand CEO, Andrew Bell.  

“It really grabbed hold of people's imagination, with community groups bringing their own flavour to each event. We have some organisations doing high teas with musical accompaniment, others create Red Tulip cocktails, and some bring out the BBQ's.”

Edgewater Digital and Sustainability Coordinator Kate Mitchell said the team were “so pleased with the event and the beautifully dressed guests enjoying our high tea offering and bottomless bubbles,” and they looked forward to delivering the event annually going forward.

Alongside Bell, CEO, the founder of Parkinson's New Zealand Andrew Dunn was also in attendance at the event. Bell gave an inspirational talk about his journey with Parkinson's - observing his father's, as well as his own, diagnosis. 

Over 11,000 New Zealanders live with Parkinson's, which is a degenerative brain disorder.  Symptoms may include slowness of movement, trembling, coordination problems and rigidity.

Parkinson's New Zealand encourages communities to make the most of spring and host a Tulip Cream Tea event at home or at work in support of people living with Parkinson's. Visit https://www.parkinsons.org.nz/tulipcreamtea to register.

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