The Toronto chapter of the World Parkinson’s Program (WPP) hosted their 2018 fundraising gala at Crystal Fountain Venue in Markham. The event was hosted by Rasheda Ali-Walsh, a global advocate for Parkinson’s and the daughter of the late, great Muhammad Ali.
John Baumann, a global voice for Parkinson’s which he’s been living with since being diagnosed over 15 years ago, was another featured guest at the event.
The WPP holds 23 chapters around the world in 17 countries, working to expand their outreach program to remote areas and to the neediest communities. Ali presented an introduction to WPP highlighting her father’s as a global boxer, humanitarian, and advocate for the incurable disease.
To date, the WPP has been able to provide thousands of locally translated educational materials to remote communities in North America, Asian, the Middle East, and Africa. They also provide free medications and walking devices to Asian and African countries and boast a global network of neurologists helping people with Parkinson’s.
There was a huge showing of the local Muslim community at the event, which boasted several high profile sponsors including Human Concern International – a faith based organization working to eradicate global poverty.
(Picture L to R: Majid Jowhari – MP Richmond Hill, Mary Ng – MP Markham-Thornhill, John Baumann, Bernadette Baumann, Rasheda Ali-Walsh, Nirmala Armstrong – Regional Councillor, City of Markham)