Frequently Asked Questions

About:

1. What is Fundraising Your Way?

Fundraising Your Way (FYW) is an event program developed in recognition of the many different ways people who are passionate about a world without Parkinson’s are choosing to make their mark in support of Parkinson Canada.

Parkinson Canada values the support of event organizers and community fundraisers across the country who dedicate their time and energy to supporting our mission and we’ve developed an online presence to allow you to have your impact in whatever way works for you.

For additional information, click here

2. What is Parkinson’s Disease?

  • More than 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson's disease. That number will double by 2031.
  • Parkinson's is a chronic degenerative brain disorder.
  • When cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called "dopamine" die, symptoms of Parkinson's appear.
  • Most common symptoms are: tremor (shaking); slowness in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance. Other symptoms may also occur such as fatigue, difficulties with speech and writing sleep disorders, depression and changes in thinking ability.
  • Currently there is no cure for Parkinson's disease.

For more information about Parkinson's, click here

3. Where does the money from my fundraising efforts go?

Every donation you receive and every person who learns about Parkinson’s through your fundraising efforts will make a difference to their lives. On behalf of the more than 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s and their families we thank you for making a difference and “Fundraising Your Way”.

Parkinson Canada proudly works towards a better life today for Canadians living with Parkinson’s; a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.

Your fundraising will provide help and hope to people with Parkinson’s through support, advocacy and research. To read more about your impact, click here

4. I need help setting up my event, who do I contact?

For FYW event support, please contact Melinda Good, Events & Partnerships Associate
Email: melinda.good@parkinson.ca
Direct: 416-227-3374
Toll Free: 1-800-565-3000

Event Related:

1. How do I create an event?

You can create an event by clicking here. Select the event theme best suited to you and register. Once completed, you will be able to access resource tools via the “my fundraising toolkit” tab, which contains poster templates, logos, how-to guides and much more.

2. If I hosted an event last year, do I need to register again?

Yes. The process should be much more straightforward as you’ll already have an account, but you should register as a returning participant to start your fundraising fresh for a new year or campaign.

3. I would like some Parkinson Canada event swag, who do I contact?

Upon registering for your event, you will be contacted by a local representative where he or she will put together a custom event kit to meet your needs. The custom event toolkit may include literature, event swag and banner, if required.

Post-Event:

1. How do I track and submit offline pledges?

You may track your offline pledges by clicking here. Please mail completed forms to:
Fundraising Your Way
316-4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9

2. I did not use all of the swag. Where do I return it?

Please mail or drop off any leftover Parkinson Canada swag, banners, brochures etc. to Toronto’s office: Parkinson Canada
C/O Melinda Good
316-4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9

3. I would love to share my event photos. Who can I send them to?

Just like the experience of no two people living with Parkinson’s is the same, your way of making a difference is unique, too. Our Fundraising Your Way portal is a great way to share your story of why you hosted your event and what it means to you to fundraise for Parkinson Canada. Please send your event story including photographs to Melinda Good at melinda.good@parkinson.ca