Welcome to the European Unity Walk – a unique event brought to you by the European Parkinson's Disease Association (EPDA) that aims to raise awareness across Europe about Parkinson’s disease and its impact on people living with the disease, their families and our entire society.
On Friday 28 September 2012, more than 1,000 of the EPDA's friends and supporters from across Europe – including hundreds of people with Parkinson’s – embarked on the momentous, 1.6-kilometre procession through the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Everyone who took part in this exciting event helped us send a powerful message to the public, press and policymakers: that people living with this progressive, chronic and complex neurodegenerative disease should be treated effectively and equally throughout Europe.
While our message was – and is – serious, we are delighted that the day itself was rewarding, memorable and fun for all involved. Highlights included:
- a colourful procession against the historic backdrop of Amsterdam, with more than 1,000 ‘Unity Walkers’ wearing branded European Unity Walk T-shirts and carrying special banners
- special activities before, during and after the event, including guest speakers, celebrity appearances, warm-up exercises, Parkinson’s information booths, a marching band, salsa dancing and more
- a complimentary gift bag for all participants containing special mementos of the day.
About this website
Please take time to look around this site where you will find everything you need to know about why there is an urgent need for this event, what happened on the day, how you can join in on the fun, and much more. You will also find out how easy it is to support the European Unity Walk if you were unable to attend in person, either by donating or helping us to spread the word. Together, we can help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families – and our society.