What can I expect leading up to walk weekend?

We are hopeful that despite the fact that we can’t gather together in person, that each person registered for the walk will walk their own block on the day that they would have intended to join the bigger group. Walk weekend is September 12th and 13th. Regardless of if you walk on Saturday or Sunday – what matters is that you walk to show your community your fight against Parkinson’s Disease. We plan to have an online kick off for people to join leading into the weekend. Please stay tuned to email and social media for regular updates.

My mobility is limited. Do I need to do the walk in order to participate?

No, you are encouraged to join us regardless! If you can’t walk the block, consider making a sign and putting it in your window or taping it to your garage door on walk weekend. Use this opportunity as a way to send a message of awareness and a message of Hope! If you still want to do something small, consider walking to the end of your driveway and back if that is what you can do! What matters is that you participated to show the world that a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not the end of the story!

I don’t have a block to walk. Can I still participate?

Of course! That’s no problem! There’s other things you can do! Take a ride down the elevator and back up! Hang a sign in your window with a message of hope and awareness for Parkinson’s. Take a little mini walk down your driveway and back. Tape a sign on your garage door. Be creative!

How do I register?
You can register either as an individual or a team. Find your closest location near you by clicking here and registering.

You can share an online donation page with your family, friends and co-workers. You can also download a pledge form to fundraise in person.

Where can I find the pledge form?
Pledge forms can be found and downloaded here.

Since we won’t be gathering together, what is the best way to show we participated?

We would love to see how you WALK THE BLOCK for Parkinson's! Take lots of pictures and even video! Share them on social media and make sure to tag us so that we can see it! Type @ParkinsonSocietySWO on facebook and @parkinsonswo on Instagram as well as use the hashtag #WALKTHEBLOCKPD

We can’t be together with friends and family, but can we still be a team?

Yes! Of course! Maybe your sister and family are walking in Goderich, but you’re walking in Kitchener-Waterloo – that’s great! You can STILL be a team. Don’t let the website confuse you! Whoever creates the team will be where the funds are raised. So even though it may SHOW that you’re registered for the Kitchener-Waterloo walk, it’s still okay to walk in Goderich. All funds raised stay LOCAL to support programs and services in Southwestern Ontario so you don’t have to worry that your funds won’t be used in your community.

What methods of payment can be used?

Online donations can be made by Visa and MasterCard. In person donations can be made by cash or cheque. Please ensure that cheques are made payable to Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.

Will people who donate receive a tax receipt?
Tax receipts are automatically issued for all online donations, regardless of the amount. Tax receipts will be manually issued and mailed for donations of $20 or more collected in person. If a donor gives less than $20, and require a tax receipt, please make note and we will be sure to provide that.

How will the money raised be used?
Funds raised support programs and services that improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's and their families in Southwestern Ontario. Funds are spread across four areas: Support Services, Education, Advocacy and Research

Can I ride my bike or inline skates?
Yes, of course! However you choose to WALK THE BLOCK for Parkinson's is great! The important thing is that you are showing your community that you are supporting people living with Parkinson’s Disease

Can walking help with Parkinson's symptoms?
Regular physical activity helps slow the progression of Parkinson's symptoms. For more information about excercise and Parkinson's contact Lisa Nixon, Information and Referral Specialist at:
1-888-851-7376 or lisa.nixon@parkinsonsociety.ca.

Is Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario a registered charity?
Yes, Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is a registered charity. Our Charitable Registration Number is 83130 2708 RR0001.