Over the next few months, the European Parkinson's Disease Association is looking for at least 100 people around the world to join our fundraising challenge that will help improve the lives of people with Parkinson's.
Whether you get a team of colleagues together, persuade your family and friends to join in or simply want to tick something off from your own bucket list, joining the Parkinson's 100 Challenge is easy. Simply choose a challenge that excites you, and complete it anywhere and at any time before the end of the year.
It can be a serious challenge that fulfils a personal ambition (running, cycling, climbing, skydiving or swimming, for example) or just an excuse for fun (hula-hooping, roller-blading or even eating!).
Need some inspiration? Take a look at our ‘Spotlight’ section to see what some of our intrepid Challengers have been up to recently!
Tony's cycling challenge - 17 May 2016: promise fulfilled, challenge completed
The EPDA is happy to celebrate the success of our brave Challenger!
On May 7th, 2016, the day of his 50th birthday, and after two years with deep brain stimulation therapy, Tony Seidl kicked off his 11-day bike tour from Altoetting, Germany to Padua, Italy.
Despite having Parkinson’s disease, Tony has kept a promise he had made to himself: he crossed the Alps by bike and, after an 11-days adventurous tour, where he had to face bad weather, steep slopes and a series of other difficulties, on 17 May he arrived in Padua to visit the grave of his namesake Saint Anthony. He met with a lot of other people with Parkinson’s along the way, and encouraged them with his example not to give up.
We send Tony our best compliments and are delighted to see the Parkinson’s community supporting him so well in his Challenge.
You can read more about his trip here!
I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams that it would become this big, that I would meet so many people along the way, and be able to share my story and listen to theirs! Tony Seidl
Download Tony's challenge flyer.
Once you've decided what to do, sign up to our online team and we'll give you everything you need to help you on your way… inspiration, posters and some great fundraising ideas. You can also see what the other members of the Parkinson’s 100 Challenge team are up to via our Team News feed.
When you're all set up, all we ask is that you rally your colleagues, family and friends to help you raise money that will champion the needs of people with Parkinson's. For them, every aspect of their life is affected by the progressive neurological condition, and just going about their daily routine can be the toughest of challenges.
With your help, however, the EPDA will help them live a full life. Together, we will unite in the fight against Parkinson's.
There are times when I feel like I can do anything, like hike to a Buddhist temple in the mountains of Tibet, or run a marathon in Los Angeles, but then there are times when I can't get up out of a chair. Parkinson's is like that. John Ball (right), USA
The Parkinson's 100 Challenge is an EPDA fundraising initiative. We are the only European umbrella Parkinson's organisation, and our vision is to enable the 1.2 million people living with the disease in Europe and their families to live a full life, while supporting the search for a cure.
By joining our team of Parkinson's 100 Challengers, you will be helping us to hit our target of raising €50,000 by the end of 2016. Every penny or cent of that money will be spent improving the lives of people with Parkinson's.
Parkinson's is a complex, progressive and chronic disease that has no cure. One in 500 people are diagnosed and the average age of onset is just 58 years old. It can affect anyone, and everyone's disease journey is different.
But we think that Tommy's son from Norway can explain the disease's impact on his dad's life much better than we can:
Dad has a chemical missing inside his head. Some people think it hurts, but he says it only hurts on the inside when he isn't able to do what he wants to do, like go to the park and play football with us. Sometimes he can do anything at all, and other times he cannot even eat or walk or talk. It’s like he’s two people, Clark Kent and Superman.
By joining the Parkinson's 100 Challenge, you will help the EPDA:
Your generous support will enable us to help thousands of people with Parkinson's across Europe live a full life.
For more specific information about how your fundraising will help people with Parkinson's, please download our 'Why support the EPDA?' brochure. Rest assured that your generous support will enable us to help thousands of people with Parkinson's across Europe live a full life.
To be part of the Parkinson's 100 Challenge, click here to SIGN UP.
Remember to let us know which challenge you are doing and when it is. If you haven’t yet decided what to do, then just enter ‘not decided yet’ and we’ll send you some other ideas to help you find the right one.
If you are entering as part of a team, please ensure each team member signs up separately, together with the team name.
Looking forward to welcoming you to our team - #iam1in100
So, you've chosen your challenge - or are here to support your favourite challenger(s). Now to the fundraising…
If every Parkinson’s 100 Challenger could aim to raise €500 we could do so much to help people with Parkinson’s (see why support to see how your donations will help).
To help with your fundraising, we’ve created a toolkit that is full of ideas along with posters that you can display in the office. We will email you the toolkit once you’ve signed up.
Many companies now support their employees’ fundraising efforts by matching donations like for like. It is a great way to pledge your support as an employer and, for the challengers, it could double your grand total raised.
But don’t worry! Whatever amount you are able to raise will be most gratefully received, and every penny or cent will be used to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s in Europe.
To help make it as easy as possible for you to receive donations, we have set up a page on VIRGIN MONEY GIVING. If you live outside the United Kingdom, you can use our BETTERNOW page instead. BetterNow works in the same way as Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving sites, and is the European version that enables supporters from across Europe to be part of the team.
Wherever you live, whatever your talent, whenever you have the time, the perfect event for you is out there, ready and waiting. You could join an event with thousands of others or create your own 5km run or bike ride in your home town, with just one competitor – you! To get those competitive juices flowing, click here for a quick list of events taking place across Europe over the next few months…
We have put together a fundraising toolkit with posters and a few ideas to help you hit your target. Don't forget – every penny or cent you raise WILL make a difference. To receive the toolkit, simply sign up to the Parkinson’s 100 Challenge, and we will email it to you.
There’s no such thing as over-sharing when you're fundraising! Use social media and the office intranet to tell everyone what you are doing, using the #iam1in100 hashtag!
And don't forget to email us your fun training/event photos and videos that we can share with the rest of the team to help inspire everyone.
The EPDA would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the companies who are sponsoring and/or taking part in the Parkinson's 100 Challenge. Their support is very much appreciated and a spur to everybody's efforts!
Thank you for being one of our very special #iam1in100 team – we think you're the best!
Here is your space to share your news with the rest of the team… our virtual clubroom, just for our gang!
Email us news on your training, fundraising and, of course, on your actual challenge itself. We'd like lots of photos please!
Just to get us started, the EPDA's very own Lizzie and our beloved Terry fearlessly faced ice and cold in an epic ice-skating challenge. And also leading from the front is the EPDA's Dom… Dom completed his very first duathlon in October with a very good ranking, after a tough training and in spite of a pulled calf. In the meantime, Natalie and her daughter Megan have managed to keep silent for a whole day, the Wharton family has beaten steeping roads and deep waters and Jen & Jon are enduring 100 sit-ups a day. So don't delay! Ask your colleagues, friends and family if they want to join in too…
Whatever your challenge, whenever you do it, we're very proud you're part of our team! #iam1in100
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