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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
16 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au On the move to end dementia A major initiative of this year's Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) was a new television commercial, 'There's a difference', which was run during prime time on the Seven Network around the country. See page 13 for more details. There were also Memory Walks, the 10th Annual Memories Service, a Badge Day, a cocktail fundraising event and more. DAW Picnic In St George and Sutherland, World Alzheimer's Day was commemorated with a picnic attended by members of the Friends and Leisure, Café Connects and Younger Onset Dementia Activity groups. The barbecue lunch at Dolls Point was attended by 25 people and was followed by a game of quoits. Memory Walks Sydney Hundreds of Sydneysiders joined AlzNSW Ambassadors in raising awareness of and funds for dementia at the third annual Memory Walk at Parramatta Park on Sunday 26 September. Ita Buttrose AO OBE, PJ Lane, Doris Younane and Maxine McKew led the record number of walkers in the event. We were also very pleased to have the NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, The Hon. Peter Primrose, take part in the Walk and raise funds for AlzNSW. An estimated 500 walkers took part in the Memory Walk and participants raised almost three times as much money as last year. Check out photos from the day or register your interest in taking part in next year's event at the Memory Walk website. We look forward to seeing you all there next year! W: www.memorywalk.com.au Wollongong The second annual Memory Walk in the Illawarra was held at Galvin Park in Wollongong on Saturday 11 September. The event, organised in conjunction with the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, was again a great success with more than 600 registered walkers, which included our very own Al the Elephant! This year's Dementia Awareness Week was the biggest yet, with activities throughout the state raising awareness of dementia and funds for people living with dementia. Port Macquarie The Port Macquarie Triathlon Club hosted a Fun Run and Walk on Sunday 26 September, with proceeds donated to AlzNSW. This is the second year the Triathlon has generously run the event to help raise funds and awareness of dementia. About 150 people took part in the event, with local member Peter Besseling MP doing the honours and starting the race. Other locations More than 100 people took part in the Memory Walk at Albury, held by the Albury Dementia Service Network, and Peninsula Village also again held a very successful 'Walk to Remember' to help raise funds for AlzNSW. Thanks Thank you to everyone who took part in all the Memory Walks and fundraising walks and runs in NSW. Your participation and contribution has helped make a difference to the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers in NSW. Badge Day More than 100 volunteers and staff took to the streets on World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September, to sell a range of merchandise. They raised funds to provide support and services for people with dementia and their families and friends, and to raise awareness. Volunteers were stationed in the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs and at train stations at Milsons Point, North Sydney, Gordon, Hornsby, Wahroonga and Turramurra. The day even got a plug on national TV, thanks to AlzNSW Ambassador Ita Buttrose AO OBE, who wore a gold elephant badge on her regular segment on the popular Network Seven show Sunrise. Ita also encouraged viewers to buy a badge to support people with dementia and gave host David Koch his very own squeezy elephant. A big thanks also to all our volunteers who sold merchandise on the day, in particular to students and staff from Burwood Girls High School, St Andrew's Cathedral School, Loreto Kirribilli, Shore School, Ravenswood School for Girls, Knox Grammar School, Abbotsleigh, Normanhurst Boys High School and Macarthur Girls High School. Thank you also to Sydney Fast Ferries, who brought one of our sellers on board their ferry to sell to commuters between Manly and Circular Quay, and to RailCorp, who gave us access to their train stations, as a preferred charity, to sell merchandise. »
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