The second World Parkinson Congress, being held in Glasgow this week (28 September – 1 October), is calling on the people of Scotland to sign up to the global pledge.
There are around 7.4 million people in the world with Parkinson’s, a degenerative condition for which there is no cure. About 10,000 of them live in Scotland. People signing up to the pledge will be joining a global Parkinson’s movement to help make Parkinson’s a health, social and economic priority around the world and to work together to find a cure for Parkinson’s.
The Pledge is being launched by MSPs, sportspeople such as Gavin Hastings and Gary Lineker, and UK celebrity supporters such as Graham Norton, Twiggy, Fern Britten, John Stapleton, Alan Carr, Matt Lucas, and Richard Briers
Cathy Peattie said that she was pleased that the Congress was being held in Scotland, and glad to help raise the profile of the pledge campaign: “I hope that the pledge can attract many signatures, and that this boosts the campaign to improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s, their carers and their families, and the search for a cure.”
Elizabeth Pollard, Congress Manager at the World Parkinson Congress, said: “We are delighted that so many well known people are supporting the pledge. The target is to gather one million people to join the global Parkinson’s movement by the next WPC in three years time in October 2013 in Montreal, Canada. We will present them to the World Health Organisation and other international bodies to help make Parkinson’s a priority health, social and economic issue around the world. Your signature will help us to drive our mission forwards.”
Graham Norton said: “I’m proud to be signing up to the global Parkinson’s pledge. I know from personal experience the devastating impact Parkinson’s can have on people and their families. This movement for change can lead to new breakthroughs in research, and it’s only together that we will find a cure for Parkinson’s.”
Gary Lineker, whose granddad had Parkinson’s, said: “The search for a cure for Parkinson’s is a great cause and I’m really pleased to support Parkinson’s UK. I know from personal experience the impact that Parkinson’s can have. That’s why I’ve joined the global Parkinson’s movement, and you can do the same.”
Katherine Crawford, Scotland Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “It’s fantastic that NAME MSP is behind our campaign to work together and find a cure for Parkinson’s. This could help make a real difference to the 10,000 Scots and 7.2 million people worldwide who live with Parkinson’s. It’s easy to get involved and make a real difference. You can sign the global Parkinson’s pledge and join the Parkinson’s movement. You can find out more about the condition through Parkinson’s UK. Or you can make a donation to help us find a cure for Parkinson’s.”
Visit parkinsons.org.uk/pledge to find out more about the pledge and sign up.