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Sport Parkinson’s presents new global ‘Race The Moon’ event to raise funds for Parkinson’s charities

SPORT Parkinson’s, an organisation championing the role of sport and activity within the Parkinson’s community, is presenting ‘Race The Moon’ a global fundraising event, to raise funds for charities Cure Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK.

The 28-day cumulative, mass participation event is set to take off on Monday 12 April. Sport Parkinson’s is inviting a global community of people whose lives have been affected by Parkinson’s, along with the general public to become ‘Challengers’ and participate in a wide array of activities including running, cycling, swimming and walking.

On Monday 12 April, the ‘Race The Moon’ challenge will begin, with participants racing to beat the moon as it travels the 1.49 million miles of its lunar cycle.

Together, ‘Challengers’ will have 28 days (almost the same as an average lunar cycle) to log 1.5 million miles through a number of physical activities and complete the challenge before it ends on Tuesday 11 May.

Sport Parkinson’s, which launched last year in November, has been founded by duo Charlie Appleyard and Garen Williams who are both living with Parkinson’s. The ‘Race The Moon’ event is part of an initiative, which will aim to raise £1 per mile covered across the 28 day period.

Sport Parkinson's presents new global 'Race The Moon' event to raise funds for Parkinson's charities
Charlie Appleyard Sport Parkinson’s

Charlie Appleyard, Co-Founder and Director at Sport Parkinson’s, said:

“We are very excited to be launching the ‘Race The Moon’ event to raise vital funds for the Parkinson’s community. The money we raise will be spent on inclusive subsidised sport and exercise for people with Parkinson’s, as exercise is shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s and research focussed on finding a cure for this condition.

“We are encouraging everyone to become a ‘Race The Moon Challenger’ and set their own mission objective. What is unique about this event is that everyone’s efforts will go towards our mission target of travelling 1.5 million miles. You can carry out any activity – no matter how big or small – and clock miles. The focus is not on how fast or how far individuals can go, but one where everyone’s contribution is valued and recognised.

“We want to encourage everyone to unite and race as one and use the time to discover new and different sports and activities, as part of the event. For every mile that people move during the 28 days of the challenge, we will edge closer to achieving our mission.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

Will Cook, CEO of Cure Parkinson’s, said:

“It is fantastic to see, even during these tough and socially distanced times, the Parkinson’s community coming together. The urgent need for a cure remains, and we are hugely grateful to Sport Parkinson’s for supporting our research which is moving ever closer to a cure. Until we have a cure, the benefits of exercise for the Parkinson’s community cannot be overstated. We are very proud to promote Race The Moon and hope to be joined by members of the Parkinson’s community from all around the world.”

Sport Parkinson's presents new global 'Race The Moon' event to raise funds for Parkinson's charities
Parkinson’s UK.
Photograph credit: Amit Lennon

Ghalib Ullah, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“We are thrilled to see this extraordinarily unique event kick off in April when we celebrate World Parkinson’s Day. With the tough challenges we’ve been facing in the last year, this is an incredible opportunity to bring the Parkinson’s community together virtually. We hope everyone can get behind ‘Race The Moon’ so that individuals can connect with others and share their progress as they take on their personal challenge.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone unite and are grateful for their efforts which will help us to support the Parkinson’s community by setting up vital inclusive sport and physical activity classes across the UK.”

To register for the challenge, commit to exercising for 28 days, track your miles and raise a minimum of £28, please visit: http://racethemoon.com/sign-up-now/

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