Self-made entrepreneur and advocate for Parkinson's disease research Clyde Campbell has been announced as Moree's 2020 Australia Day ambassador.
Clyde started his working career as an industrial electronics apprentice in country NSW 29 years ago. Today he runs his own company, Machinery Automation & Robotics, leading a team of 70 which services Australian and international clients from offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
His vision to provide the latest world-leading technology and turnkey automation and robotics solutions to industrial clients looking for a competitive technological edge was the driving force behind his rapid progression from apprentice to CEO.
He has been described as a man who likes to 'get things done'.
In 2009, Clyde was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after noticing a tremor in his left hand while holding notes during a company meeting presentation.
He was 44 at the time and found himself asking "why me?", like the more than 100,000 Australians with Parkinson's have no doubt asked.
After coming to terms with his prognosis, Clyde set out to learn as much as possible about Parkinson's and what was being done worldwide to find a cure.
With an entrepreneurial spirit and vision for the future, he decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure but to join the action.
In 2011, Clyde launched the Shake It Up Australia Foundation, partnering with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, with one mission - to increase awareness and funding in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson's.
Since 2011 the foundation has co-funded more than $10.8 million into Parkinson's research in Australia and is now the leading non-government funder of Parkinson's research across multiple institutes.
Clyde lives with his wife and three children in Sydney, and on January 26 will be in Moree for Australia Day.
Moree Plains Shire Council's Australia Day barbecue breakfast will be held at Jellicoe Park from 8am to 11am on Sunday, January 26.
The event will feature the presentation of Moree's Australia Day awards and a citizenship ceremony, while residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a free Aussie barbecue breakfast put on by Moree Lions Club.