What is #UniteForParkinsons?
#UniteForParkinsons is a global Parkinson’s campaign – launched on 11 April 2017 by the EPDA and Parkinson’s UK. The campaign aims to raise unprecedented awareness of Parkinson’s around the world and to grow an active global Parkinson’s community.
Last year, people from 90 countries used the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag, and in 2018 we want to make an even bigger noise. With a bigger and more active community, we can encourage a bigger focus on Parkinson’s and the need for more collaborative research around the world. And with your help on 11 April 2018 – World Parkinson's Day – we can show the world what living with Parkinson's truly means.
Check out the campaign website – uniteforparkinsons.org – to get a taste of what happened on the day last year. There were literally thousands of thoughts, messages and photos from one side of the globe to another.
You can also click on the link below to download a 2-page report that highlights the main campaign results and achievements.
#UniteForParkinsons - Post-campaign analysis
The 2018 #UniteForParkinsons campaign
This year, the EPDA and Parkinson's UK have teamed up with Parkinson's organisations in Africa, Australia, India and the US, including the Michael J Fox Foundation and the World Parkinson Coalition to help spread the word about the campaign.
In 2017, our aim was to engage the international Parkinson’s community in sharing a simple social media hashtag (#UniteForParkinsons). This year, we want to reach the broader public and to turn #UniteForParkinsons into a bigger, better and more impactful campaign to show the world what Parkinson’s truly is.
So, from now until the big day, we are asking as many people with Parkinson's as possible to:
- Record a short video using your smartphone, camera or any device.
- Keep it short and simple, and make sure your audio is clear.
- Tell your own story! Show us your world. People need to hear your voice, appreciate your challenges and feel your successes. They need to know how Parkinson's affects your life today. Tell us: what's the most important thing to you right now?
- Be honest. Be brave. Be real.
- Please be aware that your video does not need to be in English - it can be in any language.
- Once your video is ready, share it – but make sure you use the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag! Post it on Facebook, upload it on YouTube, share it on Twitter. Embed it into your personal website or blog, if you have one. Get it out there, so as many people as possible can watch it and be inspired to do the same as you.
But above all: please remember to share your video again – using the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag – on World Parkinson’s Day, 11 April 2018. That is the big day where our united voice will count the most.
Of course, this campaign is not only for people with Parkinson’s. If you are a family member, carer, healthcare professional or somehow involved in the field of Parkinson’s, you can also help spread the word by using the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag and making your own videos showing your support for the campaign. But don’t forget to share your videos and use the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag on 11 April!
Need inspiration? Have a look at our video guidelines to get some tips on how to shoot your video. A handy campaign user guide is also available in seven different languages - download it for free and share it with your contacts!
If you want to be involved or want to know more, please check out the campaign website - uniteforparkinsons.org - or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or better still, if you want to make sure you do not miss anything, subscribe to the #UniteForParkinsons mailing list to receive the latest news and updates, and follow the EPDA Facebook and Twitter pages.
The 2017 #UniteForParkinsons campaign was made successful thanks to the generous financial support of several companies who helped us to promote the campaign across the world. We are delighted that numerous other companies are supporting us in 2018 too. If your company wants to join with us in supporting #UniteForParkinsons 2018, please get in touch at email@example.com.
The EPDA would like to thank the following companies for their generous financial support in 2018 in helping us promote the campaign across the world: