Clyde Campbell, a father of three and business owner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at the age of 44.
Following his diagnosis, Clyde set out to learn as much as he could about Parkinson’s to determine what he could do in a practical sense to assist. His search led him to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson’s Research in the United States and the remarkable work they do to fund medical research around the world targeted at finding better treatments on the path to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.
The approach MJFF take to assessing, funding and project managing world’s best research all over the globe eliminates redundancy, ensures efficiency and unites the global community in the quest to find a cure. Clyde realised that funding Parkinson’s research in partnership with MJFF was the best thing that he could do to help himself, his family and over 80,000 Australians living with the disease. With that clear in his mind Clyde founded Shake It Up Australia Foundation in 2011 to give other Australians the opportunity to join his quest.
100% of all funds received by the foundation goes to research targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s disease. This has been made possible by Clyde and his brother Greg’s commitment to fund all administration costs of the foundation. Since its inception the foundation has co-funded over $6.5 million to Australian research.
Clyde is also the Regional Director for Australia for Scott Automation& Robotics. Clyde has over 30 years industry experience and a vision to provide the latest world-leading technology and turnkey automation and robotics solutions to clients looking for a competitive edge. In 1987 Clyde founded Machinery Automation & Robotics (MAR) and grew the company to 70 staff with offices nationally and internationally. In 2015 the business was acquired by Scott Technology and has now been rebranded to Scott Automation & Robotics.