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Upcoming Champions for Parkinson's Events

Pancakes for Parkinson's: February 16, 2017

Bring yourself and friends to celebrate our annual Pancakes for Parkinson's on the Abdul Ladha front porch, presented by UBC Project PATHS.

Pancakes for Parkinson's is an event to help raise much-needed funds for local programs and services for people with Parkinson's disease as well as their caregivers. Students and community members can come together and raise awareness. Proceeds are donated to Parkinson Society BC.

We have coffee, tea, hot chocolate, AWAKE chocolates, CLIF bars, cinnamon buns and of course PANCAKES with various toppings, so come by and treat yourself!

Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre – UBC | 2055 East Mall, Vancouver [map]
Time: 9am – 2pm

Visit UBC Project PATHS Facebook Page for more details.

Shifting Gears for Parkinson's: March 13, 2017 - October 31, 2018

Paul Gully and Lois Leslie will cycle from Portugal across three continents to New Zealand to complete a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle to raise funds for Parkinson Society British Columbia.

Their intended route will take them through southern Europe, across Turkey and the Caucuses, India, South-east Asia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. As they travel, Lois and Paul will make an effort to highlight regional issues relating to Parkinson's disease along their route.

To read more about their journey, visit their Blog.
To make a donation, visit their Champions Fundraising Page.

 Media Coverage

Walking to Everest: March 17, 2017

Dean and Glenni Tweedle are embarking on an adventure of a lifetime: climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp while raising critically-needed funds for Parkinson's disease. Their journey begins on March 5, 2017 when they will depart Vancouver and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. They will hike through challenging terrain, battling cold weather conditions to a maximum elevation of 18,200 feet!

Dean and Glenni aim to raise $10,000 for Parkinson Society British Columbia and help improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson's and their loved ones.

Visit their Champions for Parkinson's page for more information, or to donate to their cause.

Wholey Fit Spin Class: April 11, 2017

Wholey Fit will run a 75-minute long Cycle, Core & More class on April 11th (Parkinson's Awareness Day 2017).

This class will involve spin, upper and lower body strength conditioning and mat work. The class is by donation with 100% of the proceeds supporting Parkinson Society British Columbia.

For more information, visit their Champions for Parkinson's Fundraising page.

Spring Online Auction: April 11 - 25, 2017

Parkinson Society BC is hosting an online auction from April 11 – 25, 2017! Bidding will take place through Able Auctions [www.parkinson.bc.ca/springauction].

There are dozens of prizes up for grabs, including a two-night stay on a private island, delicious coffee and chocolate packages, gift baskets for pets, as well as items that may benefit people with Parkinson's (such as a spoon to reduce tremors and a punching bag). There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Dates: April 11 – 25, 2017

Pull for Parkinson's: April 28, 2017

Pull for Parkinson's is a high school charity Ultimate Frisbee tournament dedicated to raising both money and awareness in support of Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC).

For the past three years, this event has been a great opportunity for both players and coaches to play Ultimate together in a relaxed environment while supporting a worthy cause. Thanks to support from local schools to date, Pull for Parkinson's has raised over $8,000 for PSBC and the event organizers hope to continue to build on this total through 2017's tournament.

For more information about the event, visit their Facebook Page.

Me-n-Ed's Charity Golf Classic: May 23, 2017

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Location: Riverway Golf Course | 9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
Registration Start: 11:30am | Shotgun Start: 1:00pm
Format: Texas Scramble playing Best Ball. Dinner to follow golf
Fees: $200

The ticket includes: Lunch, golf and cart, dinner, tee gift, entry to a grand prize draw of pizza for a year, food holes, refreshment holes, hole in one prize opportunity, closest to the pin and longest drive holes and prizes for winners, putting contest and a Guaranteed Fun Day! You can sign up your spouse or friends for dinner for only $60. The dinner will feature a raffle and silent auction. Partial proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit Parkinson Society BC.

Cheques or Credit Cards accepted. Sign up early to reserve your spot. Deadline for registration is March 8th.

Event Details | Event Registration Form

To Register: Call Cris at 604-931-2468 | Email cris@meneds.ca | Fax: 604-931-5309.

Yoga by Donation Classes in Kelowna, BC: May 27 & 28, 2017

Come and participate in any of these yoga classes in Kelowna hosted by yoga instructor Carly Barron (High Tide Yoga), all for a good cause! 

Location: Downtown Kelowna
Date: May 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Class Style: Chant & Flow
Description: Take part in this by donation class with ALL proceeds going to Parkinson Society of British Columbia in support of their mission to provide resources to those affected by the disease. In the first half of this class you will learn and be led through a fun and powerful sanskrit chant (clapping and possibly dancing included!) with 108 repetitions, leaving you feeling connected and empowered. Then jump into a super playful, vinyasa flow style practice with a focus on opening the heart and tapping into your child-like curiosity with a few arm balances and maybe even some inversions! 

Location: NeuMovement Kelowna (1:00 – 2:30 PM class) [map] and West Kelowna Hotbox (7:00 - 8:30 PM class) [map]
Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM and 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Class Style: Candlelit Yin & Yoga Nidra
Description: A blissful by donation class with ALL proceeds going to Parkinson Society British Columbia in support of their mission to provide resources to those affected by the disease. In the first half of this class, allow your body to open and melt with a delicious and juicy yin sequence followed by a Yoga Nidra Meditation. Yoga Nidra translates into "yogic sleep", and it is an ancient, sacred yogic process of meditation, a form of mindfulness training where the mind can regain its ability to be "one-pointed" and undistracted. This practice will allow you to enter a profound state of receptive relaxation, and it will take you to a place between sleeping and wakefulness, opening up the potential of the mind and awakening your intuition. This practice is great for those who may struggle to fall asleep-it is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equal to 4 hours of non-REM sleep!

For more information or to donate, visit their Champions for Parkinson's Fundraising page.

Shakin' the Rock for Parkinson's: June 11 - 16, 2017

From June 11-16, 2017, a team of 20 cyclists from The Parky's Pedalers will ride their bicycles from Port Hardy, the northernmost city of Vancouver Island, to Victoria. Along the way they will be meeting with Parkinson's disease (PD) support groups to help raise funds and awareness for those affected by the neurological disorder.

The event organizers wish to provide their donors the option of donating to Parkinson Society British Columbia or HeadWay (The Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre).

  • To donate to Parkinson Society British Columbia, please visit this link.
  • To donate to HeadWay, please visit their website.

Cotswolds Walking Holiday: August 31 - September 8, 2017

From August 31 to September 8, 2017, join experienced long distance walker, Brian Wood, on the Cotswolds Walking Holiday for Parkinson Society BC.

Whoever said you can't enjoy yourself whilst doing good? On this fundraiser for Parkinson Society BC, participants will join a 7 day guided walking holiday in charming Bourton-on-the-Water — the ideal way to explore the beautiful honey-coloured stone villages and enchanting landscape of the Cotswolds. Whilst enjoying the calming sights and sounds, walkers will raise funds to help support essential programs and services for those affected by Parkinson's disease.

Dates: August 31 to September 8, 2017
Cost: Land packages $1969.00; Air & land $3269.00

To participate:

  • Make your land arrangements with Peter Wheaton at Athlone Travel.
    • Athlone Travel, 2187 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 1G1
      Phone: 250-598-5252 | Toll Free: 1-888-987-2351
      Email: peter@athlonetravel.com (BC License Number 3636)
      All participants are responsible for their own travel fees.


  • Register online to fundraise for PSBC on the Cotswolds Walking Holiday.
    • To set-up a page that will allow you to collect donations benefiting Parkinson Society BC on your Cotswolds Walking Holiday, visit: http://pdchampions.kintera.org/cotswoldswalk.
      Please note that this fundraising is not meant to help pay for the holiday's fees. Participants must pay for the walking holiday in advance using their own funds. All donations will be made to help provide essential programs and services to people with Parkinson's through Parkinson Society BC.

Do you want to help fund research, grow support networks and improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson's? Become a Champion for Parkinson's and plan your own independent community fundraising event!

From bake sales, birthday parties and beer tastings, to tennis tournaments and car shows, no event is too big or too small. Take the lead, get creative, build awareness, raise funds and don’t forget to have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are some fun ideas for hosting an event?

PSBC encourages you to pick events that excite you, as well as events you feel you can manage efficiently. Some fun ideas are:

  • Dinner parties, breakfasts, BBQs, holiday celebrations
  • Wine or beer tastings, pub nights
  • Sporting events - golf, bowling, hockey, tennis, etc.
  • Car washes, bake sales, garage sales
  • Special day celebrations - anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, etc.
  • Fashion shows, concerts, theatrical events
  • Casual Friday (or any other day of the week!)
  • Fitness challenges – yoga, Zumba, cycling, etc.

What type of assistance does Parkinson Society BC provide event organizers?

Parkinson Society BC is happy to provide support to ensure your event is a success in the following ways:

  • One-on-one support via phone or email
  • An event kit including balloons, banners, donation box, donation envelopes and informational pamphlets
  • PSBC logo for use with approved event materials
  • Listings on our online event calendar and social media channels
  • A letter of acknowledgment (for soliciting sponsors and prize donations, as well as gaming/alcohol license applications) for approved events
  • A personalized fundraising page for your event, where your donors can safely donate online using their credit cards
  • Tax receipts for eligible gifts as per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines
  • A photo of yourself and PSBC staff featuring our big cheque with your funds raised on it!

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide/guarantee the provision of the following:

  • Media support (television, radio, newspaper and/or press releases) due to limitations on staff time
  • Access to our donor, Board of Directors or staff lists for the purposes of email due to privacy issues and conflicts with our existing communications scheduling
  • Assistance with securing sponsorships
  • Insurance coverage for your event

Are donations eligible for tax receipts?

Donations of $20 or more will be tax receipted unless otherwise indicated by the donor. Please contact PSBC to receive electronic donation forms you may print and have your donors fill out to ensure they are appropriately receipted.

Please note, services and gift certificates are not eligible for receipts. All items valued over $500 must attach proof of value (ie. receipt, brochure, or catalogue). Donations collected by the event organizer that are donated by the public cannot be tax receipted in the name of the event organizer.

Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount under Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Guidelines. All tax receipting must be approved by PSBC prior to acceptance of the gift. Please visit the CRA website for more details regarding charitable tax receipts.

May event organizers use PSBC’s logo?

Yes, the PSBC logo may be used on promotional materials for your event. All we ask is that you provide us with the opportunity to review its placement prior to distribution to ensure brand standards are maintained. 

Will PSBC reimburse event organizers for any event expenses?

PSBC will not reimburse you for expenses; all financial control is the responsibility of the event organizer. We ask that you plan and budget carefully for your event, as expenses should not exceed 50% of the total event revenue. Local business support through in-kind donations or sponsorships may help to alleviate costs.

Can PSBC provide event organizers media support, such as through the securing of television or radio interviews, press releases, etc.?

Unfortunately, due to constraints on staff time, PSBC is unable to provide event organizers media support. However, if you are comfortable and you would find it to be valuable, we recommend you reach out to newspapers and TV/radio stations in your local community to see if they would like to feature your event and story! Story pitches to the media are often more successful coming from the individual running the event.

May event organizers host raffles or serve alcohol at events?

Please inform PSBC of any intention to host a raffle or serve alcohol at your event for approval. The organizer is responsible for obtaining the necessary permits, licenses and event insurance. Please check with your municipality regarding permits.

A license is required for lotteries and gaming activities such as bingos, 50/50 draws, raffles, etc. For further information and application forms, please visit the BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch online.

Licenses are also required with the sale of alcohol. Check with Liquor Control and Licensing Branch in your city.

I’m ready to get started! What should I do next?

Please fill out our Event Proposal Form and email it to:

Mirela Dzaferovic
Resource Development & Volunteer Coordinator

She will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your event plans!


Mirela Dzaferovic
Resource Development & Volunteer Coordinator
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330