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Upcoming Champions for Parkinson's Events

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

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.

Fall Online Auction: November 1 - 15, 2017

Parkinson Society BC is hosting a fall online auction from November 1 - 15, 2017! Bidding will take place through Able Auctions [www.ableauctions.ca].

There are many prizes up for grabs, including golf & spa packages, wine, and family-friendly activity vouchers. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Dates: November 1 - 15, 2017

Tea Parky Sales: Ongoing

Help fight Parkinson's disease with a good cup of tea! 1/3 of donated proceeds from every sale on TeaParky.com will go to Parkinson Society BC. Indulge in delicious Matcha green tea sourced directly from the Kagashima region of Japan and give your day a boost!

THOUGHTS R LIFE Apparel Sales: Ongoing

All net proceeds from THOUGHTS R LIFE apparel are going to Parkinson Society BC! The apparel serves as a reminder that learning to control our thoughts and focus on the positive are important lessons for not only people with Parkinson’s, but for everyone. The designer, Hilary, was inspired to create the apparel line after gaining control of her panic attacks, which were a symptom of her Parkinson’s disease.


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
mdzaferovic@parkinson.bc.ca

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

 

Contact:
Mirela Dzaferovic
Resource Development & Volunteer Coordinator
mdzaferovic@parkinson.bc.ca
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330