Event Notice 4 – A message from Stephen re COVID-19

Event Notice 4 – A message from Stephen / COVID-19 / 17 March 2020

Following on from Kitty’s message, as the responsible Lions Project Event Manager, the decision to not hold the 5 April Sunday Event is based on the following assessed risks:

  • With an expected last week surge based on feedback, we may have reached 400+ people attending the event (entrants & visitors/family/sponsors).
  • We could not guarantee that we would have available suitable hygiene facilities (Handwashing, hand sanitisers (not available, 4 week back order…) etc)
  • Risks associated with social distancing; staying at home when you are unwell; avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential; keeping a distance of 1.5 m between you and other people whenever possible; minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions.
  • We are aware that some GP’s are advising patients not to attend any public gathering.
  • The majority of our 500m shufflers are high risk elderly
  • Most of our Person with Parkinson’s (PwP) fall into the high-risk categories of serious infection as they are:
    • people with compromised immune systems
    • elderly people
    • people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions
    • people in group residential settings.
  • Ability to control entry.
  • Lack of a suitable location if someone does not feel well.
  • Potential risk with food handling.
  • Entrants not able to make the event on 5 April due to family issues associated with COVID-19.

The risk assessment identified a medium-high risk for a non-essential event.

As Kitty mentioned above this was not an easy decision to make.

What was the alternative?

Cancelation – after 18 months of work – this was not an option. ☹

Postponement- yes, but when? and then we miss the April connection with Parkinson Disease ☹

Go Full Virtual – YES 😊

As we already have the technical infrastructure in place for a virtual event (13 entrants at 17 March 2020), closed down one event and extend the other event.

Extend the virtual close date to 30 April.

Now the virtual event coincides with World Parkinsons Month (April) and World Parkinson Day (11 April)

 On On Stephen The Parky Park Runner

Event Notice 3 – A message from Kitty re COVID-19

It is with much sadness we have decided to cancel the upcoming Shuffle 4 Parkinson’s event. My dad and I have been planning this event for 18 months and this was a very difficult decision for me to make. As a healthcare worker, I feel an obligation to lead by example and limit all unnecessary social interactions in the face of COVID-19. 

I apologise to those that were planning on coming from afar to support us and those that have made plans for the weekend. 

Postponing the event to a later date isn’t really a feasible option at the moment, therefore, we have decided to make Shuffle 4 Parkinson’s a fully virtual event. Simply complete the 5km/500m run or walk in your own time by the end of April and then let us know and you will receive a finishers medal.  Of course if needed you are able to request a refund or please consider a Shake It Up tax donation available on www.shuffle4parkinsons.com 

Biggest thank you to everyone that has supported us thus far, especially all our wonderful sponsors. 

Take care of yourselves and each other in the weeks to come. 

 Kitty

Event Notice 3 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 17 March 2020

Event Notice 3 – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

update

17 March 2020

Event Notice 3 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 217 March 2020

Kitty and Stephen both want to reach out to our current on-line entrants and to our future entrants. We are monitoring the status of the COVID-19 disease [coronavirus].

 Major events are being cancelled and people are concerned about attending public gatherings. We are aware that some GP’s are advising patients not to attend any public gathering. Most of our Person with Parkinson’s (PwP) fall into the high-risk categories of serious infection are:

  • people with compromised immune systems
  • elderly people
  • people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions
  • people in group residential settings

The Australian Government have advised that all Non-essential organised gatherings should be kept to fewer than 500 people.

 What does this all mean for shuffle4parkinsons Sunday 5 April 2020?

  • We do have a Virtual event in place that finishes on 31 March 2020 (in 16 days’ time)
  • We offer online registrations/entrants the opportunity to move to the virtual event now.
  • We will keep the virtual event open to the end of April. To coincide with World Parkinsons Day (11 April) and World Parkinsons Month of April.
  • This will enable those entrants who decide to move to the virtual event, that they have additional time to complete the distance selected. This will also allow all entrants to do the virtual event if the government lowers the limit of 500 people.
  • Currently the virtual event does not include the singlet top (this will be optional for those that transfer, and all current virtual registrations will also be offered a sports singlet; subject to availability).
  • 0n Sunday 5 April at the event all necessary precautions, as advised by the Department of Health will be followed by the organisers.
  • Plan to circulate literature around COVID-19 prevention throughout the venue
  • Plan to have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on-hand.
  • As noted in our conditions of entry.

 Your participation in the Event is at your own risk and you will take all reasonable measures to protect yourself from the risks of participation.

 To the best of your knowledge, you are not suffering from a condition which would prevent and/or render yourself unfit to participate in the Event.

 You accept all responsibility for travel and medical insurance and for payment and/or reimbursement of medical/surgical expenses incurred on your behalf.

 As noted under event tickets [Event details].

 If you have purchased tickets and circumstances change and you are also unable to participate in the virtual event, then you may request a refund OR please consider a donation to Shake-It-Up Australia Foundation.

 Additional information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#if-you-are-at-risk

 

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Event Notice 2 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) delay’s

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on China business in delivering the goods ordered prior to the Chinese New Year.

Our Sublimated Sports Singlets and medallions are subject to no delivery before 5 April 2020.

Medals Australia is working closely with us to deliver a medal option before 5 Apr 2020. We have sourced a backup supplier in Australia, but that will mean a significant reduction in the quantity we will receive.

Madkeen is working with us to source other options. If we are unable to find a suitable supply option, a refund will be arranged and the ticket price will be reduced accordingly.

This is totally out of our control. We are doing everything we can within the available budget we have. If are entry numbers were significantly higher than we would have been able to accept fewer risks with respect to the number and sizes of our sports singlets.