Parkinson SuperWalk is the single most important provincial and national awareness and fundraising event for Parkinson Society British Columbia and the event licensor, Parkinson Canada.
Communities across the country organize walks on the weekends of September 8, 9, 15 & 22 to raise funds for critical programs, support services, advocacy efforts and contributions to research.
This year, our goal is to attract over 2,500 walkers from across the province and raise $475,000.
How your donations and efforts help the Parkinson's community:
With your help, we plan on raising our voices even louder by building our coordinated, multi-pronged advocacy initiative; extending our reach by offering education events in new areas of BC; and continuing to develop first class support programs and resources for those touched by Parkinson’s disease.
- Advocating for issues important to the Parkinson’s community. On February 14, 2017, the Ministry of Health announced that Duodopa coverage will now be provided to a small number of patients. This was made possible through the efforts of volunteer advocates working with the Society. Now, British Columbians with Parkinson’s who need the treatment will be able to access the through their provincial health care plan, avoiding out of pocket costs of $60,000 per year. This success is just one aspect of our five point, strategic advocacy plan.
- Supporting local research. The Society has committed $514,000 to fund promising research over the next 5 years. With $249,000 in matching funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research over the next 5 years (2017 – 2023) and $20,000 in matching funding from Parkinson Quebec in 2017, this amount grows to $783,000.
- Inviting leading authorities on Parkinson’s to share their knowledge. This year, we have two Regional Conferences and over 8 workshops planned, including one specifically for carepartners/caregivers. These events bring Parkinson’s experts and of members of the Parkinson’s community together for a day of learning, inspiration and socializing.
- Reminding people touched by Parkinson’s disease that they are not alone. PSBC coordinates a provincial network of over 50 support groups for people with Parkinson’s and their carepartners; PDLink, a peer program that connects individuals with Parkinson’s and carepartners with volunteers for peer based support; offers education and continuing education scholarship opportunities for health care professionals; and we hope to continue to expand our services into the future!
- Counselling. The Society provides a free, short-term, confidential counselling service for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. Due to an increasing demand, we have extended the availability of this service from one day per week to at least two days per week.
- Communicating the latest information on research, medication, caregiving, nutrition, special events, conferences and other relevant topics to members of the Parkinson’s community. PSBC does this through regular website updates; social media posts viewed by more than 3,000 unique followers; Viewpoints, our quarterly newsletter available in print and web formats; emails to 7,000 addresses in British Columbia; and more!
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