Brunch is on!

Porridge for Parkinson’s® is an elegant morning that features a brunch prepared and served by top Toronto chefs, a brunch-themed silent auction, and special guest speakers.

The first Toronto brunch was held in 2004, then in 2007 and then every two years. We have raised over $1 million in net proceeds, made possible through a committed group of volunteers, guests, and donors. Undaunted by the pandemic, we changed the in-person gathering to a Toronto delivery event.

The 2021 Committee delivered almost 200 brunches to over 750 guests. All in all, it was a fantastic brunch experience, prepared and presented by Toronto’s top chefs. 

Catching up with Harry McMurtry

Catching up with Harry McMurtry

Harry McMurtry, Porridge for Parkinson’s 2015 guest speaker, completed a fundraising walk from his home in New York City to his hometown of Toronto.

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“We can’t sit around waiting for something to happen.”

Porridge for Parkinson’s was founded in Vancouver in 2001. Marg Meikle, a well-known radio broadcaster, developed Parkinson’s Disease at the early age of 43, and she was determined to do something to advance a cure for this progressive disease. As with many people with Parkinson’s, her symptoms were least active in the morning, so she started a low-key breakfast event in her home to raise money for Parkinson’s research.

The great success of Porridge for Parkinson’s inspired Marg’s friends in Toronto to begin a similar event in 2007. Porridge for Parkinson’s TO is now a biennial event that has raised over $1 million for Parkinson’s research.

As Marg said, “We can’t sit around waiting for something to happen. The fact that the science is ahead of the money inspires Porridge for Parkinson’s.”

 The generosity of our sponsors and donors makes it all possible.

The proceeds from our events fund groundbreaking research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Since 2019, they have been directed toward the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund at the Edmond J Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease, at the Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.


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Harry McMurty
In 2015, Harry McMurty was the special guest speaker at our Porridge for Parkinson’s brunch. In 2016, completed a fundraising walk from NYC to TO. We recently caught up with him and he reflected on his incredible feat and offered personal insights.
Group of people seated at tables at the 2019 event
Attending Porridge for Parkinson’s 2019: Dr. Paulina Latapi, Dr. Emily Swinkin, Dr. Blas Couto, Dr. Mario Sousa, Dr. Tony Lang (Director of the the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease), Mrs. Judith Lang, Dr. Gerard Saranza, Dr. Daniel Mendez, Ms. Pamela Alam, and Ms. Cricia Rinchon, PhD student.

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