Welcome to the Parkinson's 100 Challenge! 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!
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.
Get inspired and join the Parkinson's 100 Challenge
People with Parkinson's need you! Simply choose a challenge, sign up and have fun while fundraising to support the EPDA's projects.
Watch the video on the right to see our amazing Challengers in action!
You can also donate to help the EPDA improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers: click here.
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 2017. 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:
By joining the Parkinson's 100 Challenge, you will help the EPDA:
- improve the lives of people with Parkinson's and their families by removing the hurdles that prevent early and appropriate treatment as well as individualised care
- champion projects that benefit people with Parkinson’s throughout Europe
- increase awareness of Parkinson's as a priority health challenge.
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.
How to sign up
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.
Not sure what to do?
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…
Get ready to fundraise!
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.
Tell everyone about it!
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.
100 Challenge corporate sponsors
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 huge inspiration 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
Stay up to date with the latest news from some of our Challengers!
Click on the links below to read more.
Duathlon for Parkinson's disease
"I woke up the next day barely able to walk – but every ounce of discomfort and pain was worth it.
Push Parkinson's away
"Helping people with Parkinson's live a full, dignified life is the ultimate goal of my Challenge and the only thing that spurred me not to give up!"
100 sit-ups a day
"There is still a long way to go to reach our 100th day, but the stretch ahead of us isn’t feeling too daunting!"
"I learnt that it is very difficult and very frustrating not to be able to do something that you can normally do. This is something that people with Parkinson’s are faced with every day of their lives."
"We were both aching a bit the next morning but raising money for such a cause made it all worthwhile!"
Coffee and cake morning
"A great way to have fun and social gathering and support the EPDA"
"We think we will be able to sell some more t-shirts before Christmas!"
"Everybody was so happy to be there reading and willing to do something good for people with Parkinson’s"
"A 10km walk to help raise awareness and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s"
24 hour walk challenge
"We are already looking at next year’s edition and trying to make it now even bigger"
"My motto is "Learn to be a partner, not a servant"
Ice skating challenge
"Terry is the perfect example of how fitness can delay the progression of Parkinson’s and he has run the London Marathon several times, raising many thousands of pounds for charity"
Diving and rugby
"The whole Grayling team got very enthusiastic about the match"
"Having the support of friends through donations really stimulated me to run even better!"
Salsa for PD
"Every time I hear deep African drums of Cuban salsa or Brazilian samba I get a “fish skin” and I get a burst of energy and joy. My legs begin to move automatically. This is the joy that I feel when I am able to express myself, when I am dancing"
"And who knows, maybe a new project is waiting for me and my journey will continue"
Euro 2016 fundraising
"And while stars of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland battled it out on the pitch, Ideagen’s heroes were doing their bit away from the field by raising almost £155 during the group stages of the competition."
"It had always been part of the plan to use the marathon as a way to fundraise and I knew I wanted to raise money for Parkinson’s. This cause is very close to my heart, having seen my Grandfather suffering with Parkinson's as I grew up."
Q. How does BetterNow work?
A. BetterNow is an online social fundraising platform for charities all over Europe. The EPDA is both a UK- and Europe-based charity, so it is the perfect site for people living in Europe as it works in the same way as Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving sites.
Q. Do I have to use BetterNow or Virgin Money Giving?
A. No, you can transfer your fundraising money to the EPDA in other ways. Click here to go to the donate section on the EPDA's website. Here you can donate by PayPal, bank transfer or even make monthly payments.
Q. What if I change my mind about doing the Parkinson's 100 Challenge?
A. t would be a shame but we understand that circumstances can change! There is no obligation to carry out the Parkinson's 100 Challenge, but we hope you are able to join in the fun and help us improve the lives of people with Parkinson's and their families.
Q. What will my fundraising money go towards?
A. The EPDA works tirelessly to enable all people with Parkinson's to live a full life, and it is our mission to become the leading voice for Parkinson's in Europe by providing innovative leadership, information and resources to all Parkinson's stakeholders.
Our core activities are to
- Understand the gaps in Parkinson's care across Europe and develop solutions to unmet needs.
- Champion collaborations and partnerships that directly benefit people with Parkinson's and their families.
- Provide up-to-date information, research and resources for Parkinson's stakeholders to educate and increase awareness across Europe.
- Bring together the Parkinson's community to learn from each other and share good practices.
- Raise awareness of – and provide an authoritative voice on – the impact of Parkinson's across Europe with European decision makers.
For more specific information about how your fundraising will help people with Parkinson's, please download our 'Why support the EPDA?' brochure.
Q. What if I don't raise £500?
A. Don't worry! The £500 was just a guidance figure. We will gratefully accept any fundraising amount.
Q. How do I send you my photos and/or my training and event stories?
A. Easy! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the rest!