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Parkinson's Fundraising FAQ


1. How can I donate?
2. Why Parkinson's Disease?
3. What is your fundraising goal?
4. How are funds raised?
5. Is the team getting a free trip around the world?
6. Why was the Parkinson's Institute selected as beneficiary?



1. How can I donate?

Donate online HERE:
https://www.parkinsonsinstitute.org/support/drivearoundtheworld

Or, call the Parkinson's Institute toll free: 1-800-786-2958.

You can fax your donation (or pledge brochure) to (408) 734-8522.

Send by mail to:
The Parkinson's Institute
1170 Morse Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1605
Phone: (408) 734-2800


2. Why Parkinson's Disease?

Shortly after returning from Drive Around the World's second expedition, LATITUDE, team member Nick Baggarly learned that his 34 year old sister was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease. At the same time, team member Todd Borgie learned that his father was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Team member Nancy Olson's grandfather has Parkinson's and three of Drive Around the World's advisory board members have family with Parkinson's.


3. What is your fundraising goal?

The fundraising goal for the LONGITUDE Expedition will be established by the Parkinson's Institute in November of 2004 however the team has stated a desire to raise $1 million.


4. How are funds raised?

The LONGITUDE Expedition includes several fundraising strategies. The primary fundraising model features a proven Drive-A-Thon model and employs the Henry Ford strategy of "getting a little money from a lot of people." A per-kilometer pledge brochure is used because anyone can afford to part with a fraction of a penny per driven kilometer and the team uses kilometers instead of miles because there are more of them (and because we like the metric system :-).

Pledge brochures permit a participation level for any budget and are available online HERE https://www.parkinsonsinstitute.org/support/drivearoundtheworld/ and in displays at Land Rover dealerships, or by calling the number above. The pledge brochure receives nation-wide, targeted, distribution through The Parkinson's Institute patient and donor lists, The Parkinson's Action Network, and Land Rover dealers. In addition, approximately 7 to 10 million auto show visitors have been exposed to the drive-a-thon for Parkinson's thanks to Land Rover Certified who has generously exhibited a LONGITUDE Expedition vehicle throughout the 2003-2004 auto show season. The role of the Parkinson's Institute is to conduct and manage the fundraising process.


5. Is the team getting a free trip around the world?

No. Several team members have family members who suffer from Parkinson's Disease. Each expedition team member is a volunteer who has donated one year of their life and paid $10,000 toward their expenses to join the LONGITUDE Expedition. Expenses include visas, meals, hotels, transport, etc. In addition, every team member has agreed to perform several expedition roles and works each day to manage four programs from the road. The team has raised their own money from corporate sponsors to offset their expenses. Team expenses are subsidized through generous product and service contributions from sponsors. Sponsor contributions also allow the Drive Around the World Organization and the Parkinson's Institute to focus on fundraising tasks and their support means that 100% of funds raised through sponsorship to go directly to the Parkinson's Institute.


6. Why was the Parkinson's Institute selected as beneficiary?

The Parkinson's Institute is a world-class treatment center that is widely received as one of the leaders in Parkinson's research and patient care. The Parkinson's Institute is visited by patients from all over the globe and known for their highly productive basic and clinical research departments. In addition, they are involved in national and international collaborations and take a leadership role in the fight to cure Parkinson's Disease. For these reasons, the Parkinson's Institute has been selected to be the beneficiary of Drive Around the World's LONGITUDE Expedition. They are also in the Silicon Valley backyard of the Drive Around the World headquarters. The role of the Parkinson's Institute during the expedition is to conduct and manage the fundraising process.

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