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Trent shakes it up for charity

Coolangatta local Trent Chapman is whipper-snippering his way from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds for two important charities.
Coolangatta local Trent Chapman is whipper-snippering his way from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds for two important charities.

TRENT Chapman was whipper-snippering his way down the Pacific Hwy on Wednesday all in the name of charity.

The Coolangatta man set himself a new challenge to walk from Brisbane to Sydney in 27 days to raise money for charities Shake It Up and Blue Care, two charities close to his heart.

Mr Chapman said his grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease six years ago and in the past two years she had taken a turn for the worse.

"I've never heard my nanna say anything negative in her life," he said.

"But when I called her on her birthday she told me she did not want to live to see her next birthday.

"She told me I had no idea what it felt like, I kinda walked away and then I got the idea to put myself in her shoes for a while."

In an effort to feel the way his nan feels, the keen 27-year-old is carrying a Tanaka bushwhacker to imitate the shakes that come with Parkinson's.

"It weights 15kgs and I have to have it in my hands the while time and I've started to get the feeling." Mr Chapman said.

The idea to walk the 939km came from a passing comment from his girlfriend.

Yesterday marked day four of his 27 day journey and Mr Chapman said it was already a struggle.

He also admitted it might have been wise to prepare a little more.

"It's already painful and my body is all cramped, my shoulders are rock solid too," he said.

"To be honest it's more of the mental challenge over a physical one.

"Your body will pull through when it comes down to it but mentally it's harder.

"But I just have to keep remembering there's a silver lining at the end of the month and one day it will be okay.

"There will one day be a cure for Parkinson's and this is just a small part."

His trek so far has been relatively smooth sailing minus the magpie attacks he faced on Monday, a few terrified stares from people in Brisbane's CBD on Saturday and an inquisitive police man.

Parklands Power Products distributes the Tanaka brand and were the first to introduce the brush cutter to Australia in 1968.

CEO Ron Zacka said they are proud to assist Trent in any way they could.

"Our company is committed to see this through just like Trent," he said.

"Both these charities are very close to home in our family business.

"For one, the founder of Parklands and my father Neville has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's making Shake It Up extremely important on a personal level."

The company supplied Mr Chapman with two brush cutters, petrol, food and a camper van for his journey.

He is aiming big hoping to raise a total of $50,000.

As of Tuesday morning the total was $2545.

If you want to help support this great cause head to http://www.mycause.com.au/mycause/raisemoney/fundraise.php?id=53994.

You can also follow Mr Chapman's progress on twitter at @thetanakawalker or visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thetanakawalk.

Topics:  blue care, charity, pacific highway, parkinson's disease



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