Tuesday 31 July 2012
The president of the Romanian Parkinson's organisation, Asociatia Antiparkinson, has hailed the EPDA's European Unity Walk as “a success” before a footstep has even been taken – because it has inspired him to take the event’s idea back to his home country to recreate in the future.
Dan Raican spoke to the EPDA about his hopes for a future Romanian Unity Walk and hoped the European umbrella organisation could help him in his quest.
“There is still two months to the European Unity Walk in Amsterdam but, for me, it is already a success – it has done its job,” he said. “I had never thought of having a Unity Walk in Romania but that is now all I think of. If the Dutch Parkinson’s organisation can do it then so can all of the EPDA’s members.
“A walk is a cause for celebration, for awareness raising and for serious discussion. There will be hundreds of people there together who we can inspire, learn from and share experiences with – and to have that in Romania one day would be a dream come true.”
The aim of the EPDA’s European Unity Walk has always been to inspire other European Parkinson’s disease organisations to adopt the event and launch their own similar initiatives in the years to come, and EPDA vice-president Susanna Lindvall said she was thrilled that its members were getting behind the initiative.
“We hope that in the future thousands of people will come together on the same day each year to take part in regional events similar to this one – always working together to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and its effects,” she said.
To help achieve this, Lindvall announced that the EPDA would be developing a special toolkit in the future to help Parkinson’s organisations create their own Unity Walks. She added that the toolkit would be based on the EPDA’s own experiences in carrying out the first European Unity Walk in Amsterdam on 28 September.
“Making an event like this can be a huge undertaking – but not if you have a good model to work from,” she explained. “We will work hard to create that model for our members to follow.”
You can register for the Unity Walk here.
Find out what other proactive events Asociatia Antiparkinson has been involved in here.