Marg Meikle, Mac MacDonald and Noel MacDonald
photo courtesy of Dan Heringa
THE PORRIDGE PARTY IS ON!
Sunday, November 2016 at
3461 West 3 Ave. Vancouver
8:30am - Noon
you cannot be with us in person, please consider joining us for a
virtual bowl of porridge with an on-line donation (and an instant tax
receipt) on-line donation
Presentation of $307, 500 from the Pacific Parkinson's Research Institute to UBC at the 2011 Porridge for Parkinson's Breakfast
From left to right: Dr. Silke Cresswell, PPRI Professorship-holder; Dr.
Jon Stoessl, Director, Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, UBC; and
Dale Parker, Chair, Board of Trustees, Pacific Parkinson's Research
Dear Porridge Lovers: September 2016
been a while since I updated our site. This year will be the 16th
Porridge for Parkinson's in our home and the third year that Marg
hasn't been with us. It's been an incredible journey for Mac, myself
and all the fabulous volunteers that made this event what it
is. Our thanks to everyone who supports Porridge for Parkinson's.
This money continues to support the work of Dr. Silke Cresswell, the
neurologist who holds the "Marg Meikle Professorship" at the Pacific
Parkinson's Research Centre at UBC, and brings us closer to finding a
Yours in porridge,
Noel and Mac
Our Porridge for Parkinson's Visionary Donors:
- Christopher Foundation
- Deux Mille Foundation
- Lohn Foundation
- London Drugs Foundation
- Jeff McCord
- JET Equipment & Tools (Canada) Foundation
- Andrew Mahon Foundation
- Meikle/MacDonald Family
- John Norton
- Dale and Joan Parker
- R. Howard Webster Foundation
- and other anonymous donors
What is Porridge for Parkinson's?
for Parkinson's is the world's simplest fundraiser. We started the idea
in our home with our friends and relatives in November 2001, and
we just had the 13th annual PfP at our home in Vancouver.
Porridge for Parkinson's is not a pyramid scheme.
It's more of a food chain or a bowl movement!
delighted that the bowl movement has gone international, although we
have learned the hard way that many Americans aren't completely sure
what porridge is..."something from nursery rhymes" we've been told.
"Oatmeal for Parkinson's" simply doesn't scan. We'll have to convert
the masses, one bowl at a time.
put together this website to show how you can hold an inexpensive,
delicious, simple, and profitable event. The website will be a
scrapbook of past parties, tips for putting on a party, and a running
tally of funds raised for Parkinson's research.
you serve 5, 10, 30 or 300, or you know two friends who might serve 10
each, we think this is an ideal cheap and fun way to raise money to
find a cure.
P.S. Bill Richardson, Mac's godfather, wrote this article (149k PDF file) about our efforts for the June 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine. And John Lee wrote about the spread of the bowl movement in the November 1, 2002 National Post.
Why Porridge and Why Now
want to help find a cure for this nasty progressive disease, and so we
are raising funds to go directly to research. Marg was diagnosed in
June 1999 when our son, Mac, was 18 months old. (Marg was 43.) The
rapidity of the progression has been scary and being proactive feels
December 21, 2013 Marg died from the impact of her Parkinson's Disease.
admire the huge number of fundraisers that the various Parkinson's
organizations hold, but we wanted to do something that worked with
Marg's medication "on" times and worked for our family. Noel came up
with "Porridge for Parkinson's." It's a variation on a breakfast
benefit our friends Carol Denny and David Jiles have held for 19 years
for First United Church in Vancouver . It is always such a friendly,
simple party, and we thought it would be an ideal fundraiser for our
cause. (David originally came up with the idea because he loved the
porridge at the Stock Market at Granville Island in Vancouver so much.)
for Parkinson's is a "we can't just sit around waiting for something to
happen with this disease" grassroots event. Parkinson's disease sucks -
so let's help get rid of it. Researchers have a better understanding of
PD and are close to a cure. The fact that the science is ahead of the
money encourages us to get cooking.
first breakfast turned into a huge deal with close to 200 people, but
we firmly believe that whether you serve 10, 30 or 300 guests, you will
have done something significant towards increasing awareness, and you
definitely will have had some fun.
did we mention it is cheap? The costs are remarkably low for the
return. Our total cost that first year was about $200, including cards,
envelopes and postage for a huge mailing, masses of superb porridge and dense and delicious Dried Fruit Poached in Port compote. We could have done it for much much less (in a subsequent year we used www.evite.com
for our invitations but now we're back to printed invites--citing the
fact that folks love to stick something on their fridge). Our favourite
statistic is that the steel cut oats cost $10.81 to serve 200 people.
party continues to be large--we sent out about 450 invitations in 2006,
many to regulars who salivate at the mere mention of porridge.
Our expenses were about $1000.00 and we brought in $50,000.00. (And
because of the SNOW that day, we had a lot smaller turn-out but many
people sent in donations. Good thing the kids had a snowball fight that
day cause that was more or less it for that year!)
The Bottom Line: We raise a lot of money in a morning for the Pacific Parkinson's Research Institute, which funds the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre (formerly known as the Movement Disorder Clinic at the University of British Columbia ). Their work is well known worldwide.
if you have Parkinson's Disease or know someone who does, or just feel
like putting on a fun, inexpensive and profitable event for this cause,
go for it. You're guaranteed to get lots of kudos for these great
recipes, it is pretty minimal impact entertaining, and you will have
remarkable results both financially and for raising public awareness.
Our guests were eager to learn something about this rather bizarre
brain disorder and keen to contribute something. It all adds up.