McGrigor signs the pledge. Join him.

…the global Parkinson’ s Pledge,that is. You are asked to do the same.

Jamie McGrigor MSP is one of many Scottish parliamentarians who have signed the global Parkinson’s pledge this week.

The pledge will be the lasting legacy of the second ever World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC) being held in Glasgow this week (28th September-1st October 2010).

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.

Jamie McGrigor MSP will also be joined by former Scotland and British Lions Rugby Union Captain, Gavin Hastings and a host of Parkinson’s UK celebrity supporters including TV presenters Graham Norton, Fern Britten, John Stapleton and Gary Lineker, the former England football star;  comics Alan Carr and Matt Lucas; enduring model, Twiggy; and actor Richard Briers.

Jamie McGrigor says: ‘Everyone in the Highlands & Islands will know someone suffering from Parkinson’s and I want to commend the work done by Parkinson’s UK. It is right that this condition has a high profile and is a priority for policy makers’.

Sign the Parkinson’s Pledge today – make it a million

The World Parkinson’s Congress is calling on the people of Scotland to sign up to the global pledge today.

Elizabeth Pollard, Congress Manager at the World Parkinson Congress, says: ‘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 amongst health, social and economic issue around the world.

‘Your signature will help us to drive our mission forwards’.

Graham Norton says: ‘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, says: ‘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, says: ‘It’s fantastic that Jamie McGrigor 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.  I

‘It’s easy to get involved in this drive to help.

  • ‘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.
  • ‘And you can make a donation to help us find a cure for Parkinson’s’.

Visit the Parkinson’s Pledge website to find out more about the pledge and to sign it. (Please note The Global Parkinson’s Pledge is now open. Its launch was kept to coincide with the opening day of the World Parkinson’s Congress.)

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