Port Stephens welcomed Sydney sailor Poppy Moore this week who is on her way around Australia in the name of Parkinson’s disease.
Ms Moore, who was raised in England and moved to Sydney 17 years ago, settled on the idea after her father Chris was diagnosed with the disease.
“He’s in a very bad was so I’ve brought the trip forward so he can see it,” she said.
“My mum [Wendy] and dad’s carer have been sharing the photos with him back home on the iPad. It’s brilliant to be able to go on Facetime with him.”
Port Stephens was only Ms Moore’s first stop on what will be a year-long journey aboard the 31 foot yacht Scaramouch.
On Wednesday she raced in a Port Stephens Yacht Club event where she raised about $300. But the generosity hasn’t stopped there, she’s also received $400 from Soldiers Point Marina and over $500 from the Tomaree Peninsula Parkinson’s Support Group.
The Soldiers Point Marine Centre has even donated a dingy.
“I’m trying to raise $12,000,” Ms Moore said.
“But just as importantly I’m trying to raise awareness of the disease. Everyone’s been so lovely and helpful here.”
Ms Moore cast off on Friday morning with Carmen Holden, from Soldiers Point Marina, who will help crew the vessel for a few days.
“I’ll be asking people to join me for a few days at a time while I make the journey,” she said.
After Broughton Island, the Scaramouch will stop at Forster, Laurieton and Coffs Harbour before continuing up the coast.
So far Ms Moore has raised $2750. To support her visit her Scaramouch Parkinson’s page on everydayhero.com/au.