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Intouch : In Touch Spring 2014
4 IN TOUCH SPRING 2014 NEWS BRING IT TO THE TABLE A SUCCESS Bring it to the Table has celebrated another successful year with more than $70,000 raised nationally for Alzheimer's Australia throughout the month of June, and more than $16,000 raised in NSW for AlzNSW. The annual event is held nationally in June and invites supporters to 'Bring it to the Table' by hosting an event to raise funds and awareness to support people living with dementia across Australia. This year almost 50 participants in NSW threw their support behind the cause, which included a range of fantastic events from soup days, morning teas, dinner parties and a pop-up restaurant. There were some great prizes up for grabs this year. The Sydney Swans generously donated a behind-the-scenes tour, which included lunch with staff and players. Dinner for four prepared by Bring it to the Table ambassador and MasterChef series two contestant Courtney Roulston was also up for grabs. AlzNSW would like to thank all those who took part this year by hosting an event and helped raise much-needed funds and awareness. A big thank you to our ambassadors and supporters Rebecca Sullivan, Alice Zaslavsky and Courtney Roulston for all their generosity and support. Plans are already underway for Bring it to the Table 2015 so start thinking about how you can Bring it to The Table for AlzNSW next year. DEMENTIA ADVOCATES PROGRAM Helen James has been caring for her husband Gordon since his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia in 2006. Gordon has a rare type of semantic dementia which means that he cannot comprehend language and has trouble with verbal communication even though he has not lost the capacity to speak. Gordon moved to residential care in 2013 but Helen is still a constant in his life, visiting him regularly and taking him on outings which he enjoys. From the outset Helen has been involved in the work of AlzNSW and contributed, on many levels, to fundraising, service development and media. She is now an offcial member of our Dementia Advocates Program and continues to contribute to the organisation and the dementia cause by telling her story and advocating for greater awareness in the community. Last year, Helen accompanied CEO John Watkins to the AMA (NSW) Foundation fundraising gala dinner to receive a cheque on our behalf and spoke beautifully about her experience caring for someone with dementia. In the past she has also sat on steering committees for AlzNSW and other organisations representing carers of people with dementia. She recently participated in a story on Channel Nine's A Current Affair promoting the AlzNSW Bring it to the Table fundraising event. If you would like to be part of the Dementia Advocates Program and share your story as a carer of a person with dementia, or as a person with a diagnosis of dementia, please contact Jo -Ann Brown. T: (02) 8875 4636 E: email@example.com HIGH TEA FUNDRAISER The Rollands Plains Community Group Inc. has shown selfess generosity raising approximately $1000 for AlzNSW as part of their high tea fundraiser on Sunday 29 June 2014. More than 100 people supported the country-themed event at the Rollands Plains School of Arts Hall. Delicate china tea pots adorned the tables and the hall was decorated with an array of quilts. A chandelier of preserving jars ft the country theme. AlzNSW Regional Manager Gary Thomas thanked the Rollands Plains Community Group Inc. for their generous donation. "I want to sincerely thank the group for all the hard work and effort they put into organising the high tea and for the selfess generosity they have shown in donating half of the funds they raised," Gary said. "Their contribution will go a long way toward providing support and education to those living with dementia in Port Macquarie-Hastings."
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