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Join Australia’s Unity Walk for Parkinson’s Disease

28 July 2010

The first Parkinson’s Unity Walk was held in New York’s Central Park in 1994 to raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  Since then, it has gained in popularity to become a world-wide event.

This year, walks will be held in Sydney and Melbourne on 29 August, and Perth and Adelaide on 12 September.  Why not get involved?

For every dollar raised, 50% will go toward research into Parkinson’s disease, and 50% will fund support services for people with Parkinson’s, their families and their carers.

According to the Unity Walk website:

Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressive illness that predominantly affects movement. It is the 2nd most common degenerative neurological condition and affects more than 80,000 Australians. There is currently no known cause, prevention or cure.

Parkinson’s Unity Walk began in NSW in 2008 and was a great success in raising the profile of Parkinson’s in Australia. It also raises vital fundraising dollars that fund support services and research. We are delighted to announce that there are Parkinson’s Unity Walks now taking place in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

This event is more than just a day out – it’s a chance to make a real difference. It’s a community event that brings people living with Parkinson’s, their families and supporters together – all for a common cause.

Everyone is welcome; mums, dads, grandparents, children, aunties, uncles, friends, workmates and neighbours are encouraged to be a part of this positive and uplifting day.

Fundraising is an important part of the event and will ensure that your local Parkinson’s organisation can continue to fund research into this debilitating disease and provide the essential support services needed to help people “live well with Parkinson’s”

Medtronic Australia will have a team in the NSW Unity Walk – hopefully we will see you there!

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