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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
Fundraising news Climbers are already preparing for our first charity challenge to Mt Kilimanjaro. Their goal may be the same – reach that summit – but each is motivated by their own experience. Scale Mt Kilimanjaro alzNSW has partnered with Inspired Adventures for the 13- day Tanzanian adventure. Emma Lovell, Anne Kirchler, Andrew Stenning and Dr Bernard Walsh have already signed up for the once-in-a- lifetime trip to raise funds for AlzNSW. a personal journey As well as being a challenge physically, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in September will be a deeply personal journey for Emma, who is scaling the mountain in memory of her grandfather, Jack Lovell, who died from Alzheimer’s disease two years ago. “This whole adventure will be in honour of him and in the hope of finding a cure for future generations,” Emma said. “I wish my grandfather, who was living overseas, could have had access to the sorts of services and support that AlzNSW provides. “Climb2Remember is my greatest challenge yet. This is going to be a very emotional experience for everyone who takes part and something incredibly special we will share together.” life to the fullest Anne Kirchler, an aged care coordinator for Uniting Care, and her partner Andrew Stenning have both personally experienced the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Andrew’s grandmother had dementia and Anne’s father passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in December. Anne, a loyal supporter of AlzNSW’s annual Memory Walk, found out about the climb at last year’s walk and, since then, she and Andrew have been eagerly awaiting the challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of their loved ones. “Live life to the fullest as you don’t know what’s around the corner,” said Andrew. “Just enjoy life.” Pull together Dr Bernard Walsh is a community- based geriatrician serving greater Newcastle, Hunter Valley and the lower north coast of NSW. With more than 20 years’ experience in geriatric medicine, he specialises in medical problems of the older person and the ageing, including multiple disease states assessment, rehabilitation and dementia. Dr Walsh is a member of AlzNSW and found out about the climb in In touch, which he displays in his waiting room. He encourages his patients to join AlzNSW as he is a great supporter of our work. “I see a lot of people struggling with the complications of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia every day,” Dr Walsh explains. “We all need to pull together to find a cure and raise money for education and support services provided by AlzNSW, as well as having some fun along the way. “This is going to be a unique experience of the African landscape and I hope to make some new friends with the common interest of raising awareness and funds for AlzNSW.” What inspires you? If you are motivated, there are still places available to join the climb, being run in conjunction with Inspired Adventures, which creates charity challenges around the world in support of Australia’s leading charities. The 13-day trip, which includes a seven-day trek, will run from 14-26 September. It is classed as a ‘challenging’ trek and participants are encouraged to fundraise to help them reach a target of $8950 per person, which includes funds to be donated to AlzNSW as well as travel costs. Participants must pass a medical check before they can take part. rEGiSTEr For an aDVEnTurE! For more information about Climb2Remember, or to register your interest, visit the Climb2Remember website. If you are unable to do the trip but still want to show your support, you can sponsor a participant – just visit the website. When: 14-26 September Cost: $8950 – includes donation to AlzNSW and participants are encouraged to fundraise W: www.inspired adventures.com.au/ climb2remember Make sure you visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates! 12 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au
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