Watch: Icelandic football team takes to the pitch in Parkinson’s tops

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 4 July 2018

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The national football team has joined forces with the Parkinson’s Foundation in Iceland to raise awareness and educate the world about Parkinson’s


As World Cup fever intensifies across the globe, the Parkinson’s Foundation in Iceland has released a video of the nation’s football team wearing specially produced Parkinson’s tops in an international friendly against Ghana.

The footballers, who represented the nation in the World Cup for the first time this year, have become official ambassadors for ‘Sons of Solidarity’ – a campaign that aims to educate the world about the neurological condition.

In the emotive one-minute video, the Iceland players take to the field with campaigners wearing ‘Parkinson 2’ printed across the back of their shirts – a reference to the fact that Iceland has the world’s second highest Parkinson’s mortality rate.

The team invited people living with Parkinson’s onto the pitch to line up with them before the game.

The campaign has gained significant attention, with Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson offering his support on social media.

Erna Guõmundsdóttir, from the Parkinson’s Foundation in Iceland, said: “Special thanks go to the national team, which is using its worldwide popularity to exclusively support this good cause.”

To find out more about the campaign or donate to the cause, visit the campaign microsite here.

For information on how exercise can help those living with Parkinson’s please visit the EPDA website.

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