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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
Feature Australian identity Ita Buttrose AO OBE, entertainer PJ Lane, actress Doris Younane, Channel Ten newsreader Natarsha Belling and former MP Maxine McKew have come together to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia as AlzNSW's inaugural Ambassadors. Well-loved international media identity Sir Michael Parkinson has also joined the program as an Honorary Ambassador. The CEO of AlzNSW, The Hon. John Watkins, said the program was an important step forward in raising much-needed awareness of dementia and its impact on the more than 250,000 Australians currently living with the illness. "We are excited that Sir Michael and these great Australians are so willing to use their personal experience with dementia to help the tens of thousands of people living with the disease, and their families, in NSW," John said. "We thank them all for giving up their valuable time to help raise awareness and understanding of dementia and we look forward to working with them to do just that." Sir Michael Parkinson "We are thrilled to welcome Sir Michael Parkinson to AlzNSW as an Honorary Ambassador," said John. "Sir Michael is a regular visitor to Australia and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to help raise awareness of dementia while he is here. "Sir Michael's mother had dementia and he has been a passionate advocate for better care for people in hospital and in aged care facilities, most recently, as the National Dignity Ambassador for the British Government's Dignity in Care Campaign." As an Honorary Ambassador, Sir Michael will be the guest speaker at a special fundraising lunch for AlzNSW in February. He was delighted to accept the invitation to be part of AlzNSW's inaugural Ambassador program. "This is an issue that I hold dear to my heart. Everyone deserves to live their life with dignity and raising awareness about dementia is an important way we can help ensure those affected by the illness are treated with compassion, understanding and care. "I hope that as an Honorary Ambassador for AlzNSW, I am able to help alleviate some of the stigma associated with dementia and contribute to a much greater understanding of the illness and its impacts." Ita Buttrose Ita Buttrose, who has had a long association with AlzNSW as a member of its Advisory Committee, says she is pleased to have the opportunity to continue her work with the organisation as an Ambassador. "My father had dementia so I am all too aware of the impact it has not only on the person with dementia, but also on those close to them," Ita said. Celebrities and community leaders are joining AlzNSW in the fight against dementia. People power 8 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au AlzNSW Ambassadors PJ Lane, Ita Buttrose and Doris Younane.
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