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Frank Mullen: Paddle 4 Parkinson’s

As the warm winds of summer begin to stir, Frank Mullen, a 61-year-old project manager hailing from
Donabate, is gearing up for an extraordinary adventure.

To shine a light on the importance of exercise, community, and seizing the moment, Frank is embarking on a remarkable 300KM journey down the Shannon River. From June 28th, 2024, Frank will paddle his way through the heart of Ireland, covering approximately 30KM each day over 10 days, all in support of Parkinson’s Ireland.

Frank’s initiative, aptly named #Paddle4Parkinsons, is not just a personal challenge; it’s aims to raise awareness and funds to support the 15,000 individuals living with Parkinson’s in Ireland. With unwavering determination, Frank aspires to raise €10,000 for Parkinson’s Ireland, helping to provide vital support for its services, including a nurse helpline, clinics and virtual classes.

In preparation, Frank has committed himself to an intensive training regimen until June, refining his strength, endurance, and paddling technique.

“The excuse to live for today”

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s just last year, Frank refuses to let the condition define him. Instead, he sees it as
an opportunity to embrace life fully and inspire others to do the same.

Frank said: “The one gift Parkinson’s has given me is the excuse to live for today. Receiving a diagnosis like this is tough, but there is absolutely no reason why I can’t have a full and long life, with the right medication and the right fitness regime.”

Supported by his family, friends, and colleagues, Frank is determined to tackle this challenge head-on. With
the guidance of his co-kayaker, Eamonn Willett, and the backing of his employer, Payzone Ireland, Frank is
ready to navigate the waters and make a splash for Parkinson’s Ireland.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

As April is Parkinson’s Awareness month, Frank launched his fundraiser to coincide with this campaign. Now is the perfect time to start supporting him on his training journey ahead of the challenge.

“For me, raising funds is like paying it forward while I can, as they day may come where I too need support from
Parkinsons Ireland” explains Frank. “I know I can do this, and now is the time to do it. And no better way than
through the exhilarating sport of Kayaking which I got to know through Scouting Ireland.”

An avid Kayaking for 8 years, Frank says “This paddle will push me hard, but with the right crew and under the expert guidance of my co-kayaker Eamonn Willett, I’ll be ready.”

Speaking about the Challenge, Shane O’Brien, CEO of Parkinson’s Ireland said: “Frank is an inspiration to us
all. His innovative Paddle for Parkinson’s fundraiser and his determination to increase awareness of Parkinson’s Disease will make a huge difference to the quality of life of people with PD. In addition to the organisational work involved, Frank’s fundraiser is physically challenging, and I know that Frank has put a huge amount of work into his own training, which is a credit to him. We would like to thank Frank, his colleagues and all his supporters sincerely for their efforts.”

As Frank prepares to embark on his epic journey, he invites everyone to join him in making a difference.

Visit Frank’s website here to track his progress and contribute to this worthy cause. Additionally, if you would like to join Frank on the kayak or support in any way, your involvement is warmly welcomed.

For further information, please contact Frank Mullen at 087 2516820 or frank@paddle4parkinsons.ie.

Frank Mullen with his co-kayaker, Eamonn Willett

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