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Massive Dutch interest in Unity Walk!

Kartika Tamara Liotard MEP
Kartika Tamara Liotard MEP

Wednesday 26 September 2012

The first ever European Unity Walk – which is taking place in Amsterdam on Friday – is proving hugely popular with Dutch people with Parkinson’s, healthcare professionals, MEPs, celebrities and the general public.

We have already reported on the support given by Dutch MEP Esther de Lange and ParkinsonNet, but now fellow Dutch MEP Kartika Tamara Liotard has posted a video of support for the event. The short video also shows her signing the EPDA’s Pledge for Parkinson’s.

There are also a number of high-profile Dutch people who are going to take part on the big day. For example:

  • Dries Roelvink, a famous Dutch singer, will take part in the Unity Walk due to his mentor – fellow singer Henk van Mokum – living with Parkinson's. The two friends will sing a duet at Beursplein after the walk.
  •  Antonio Melendez – the youngest person in the world ever to be diagnosed with Parkinson's – will be participating in the European Unity Walk. Now 37, Antonio was only eight years old when he discovered he had the disease.
  • Alderman Eric van den Burg will be a special guest at the start of the Unity Walk. He is a high-profile figure in the city and will represent the executive board of the City of Amsterdam due to the mayor being unable to attend due to a mission abroad. Healthcare is one of Eric’s main responsibilities.
  •  Olga Commandeur – a famous presenter of morning exercise workouts for elderly people – is going to be the MC for the event and will take charge of the warm-up exercises at Thorbeckeplein.

“We continue to be overawed by the high levels of support the European Unity Walk has received from all over the world – but this local Dutch feeling of solidarity is wonderful,” said EPDA vice-president Susanna Lindvall. “The event is so near now and we know it will be a spectacular day for all involved.”

There are currently about 650 people registered to attend the European Unity Walk and there is still time to get involved! Click here to register – before it's too late!