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200 years of Parkinson's is too long

Parkinson’s Awareness Week this year (1 to 7 November) will be based around the theme 200 Years of Parkinson’s Is Too Long. 

2017 marks 200 years since Parkinson’s was recognised as a medical condition. This Parkinson’s Awareness Week we will acknowledge 200 years of progress in understanding and treating Parkinson’s but we will also send the message 200 years is too long to wait for a cure.

“While 200 years is far too long for people to wait for a cure, there has been significant scientific progress in in the last few years and exciting research is taking place in New Zealand,” says Parkinson’s New Zealand Chief Executive Deirdre O’Sullivan. 

“But we’ve got to fight to protect Parkinson’s New Zealand’s services. That’s why in Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2017 we are asking the public to get involved.”

Explore our resources

Parkinson’s New Zealand started with one urgent goal – provide information, education and support. This Parkinson’s Awareness Week, learn how you can get involved and help us provide more information and support.  

Take Action

Volunteers are vital for all our branches and divisions during our Parkinson’s Awareness Week and throughout the year. If you or members of your family can help please contact your local branch or division. All branch and division contact details are on our website or email us at info@parkinsons.org.nz or call 0800 473 4636 for more information.

Share your story

This year Parkinson’s New Zealand will partner again with Val Morgan Cinema Network, who over the last two years has given us over $280,000 of donated screen time on over 360 cinema screens for our commercial to increase awareness of Parkinson’s nationwide.

Every share, like and donation can make a difference. Use the hashtag #ParkinsonsNZ to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and share your story as a person living with Parkinson's, a caregiver, fundraiser or family member by submitting your story today!