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Intouch : In Touch Issue 77
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Winter 2011 5 Keep Up! Get all the latest news from AlzNSW on Twitter and Facebook, and see event photos on Flickr. Facebook: facebook.com/alznsw Twitter: twitter.com/alznsw Flickr: flickr.com/photos/alznsw Save the date – Forget Me Not Again! Forget Me Not (FMN) has announced its second annual cocktail fundraiser, FMNAgain, to be held on Saturday 24 September at The Pavilion, The Domain, Sydney. Forget Me Not is the initiative of four young women who have seen dementia affect a loved one, and the disease has had a profound impact on their lives. The FMN girls, Sophie Pieters- Hawke, Andrea Britz, Tess Paul and Annabelle Boyd Jones, are also the first Youth Ambassadors for Alzheimer’s Australia. The first FMN cocktail night was held during Dementia Awareness Week in 2010, and raised more than $26,000 for the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund. When the FMN girls do it all over again, they would love for you to join them and share the remembering! For more information on tickets and donations, visit the FMN website. W: www.forget-me-not.com.au NEW STAFF Patrice Teakle has commenced at our North Ryde DMCC where she will provide administrative support to the Helpline and reception teams. Samantha Joyce has commenced in the role of Dementia Support Worker in our Bega area supporting clients and carers on a casual basis. Simon Crowson has taken up the new role of Corporate Relationship Manager to further develop our fundraising initiatives. Ljubinka Brkic has been busy in her new role of Dementia Advisor within the Sutherland area. Diana Waring has hit the ground running in the role of Volunteer Coordinator to establish our volunteer program. Most recently, Kylie Sait has joined the Policy and Information team in the role of Research Project Officer and, last but definitely not least, Katy Fitzgerald has joined us part-time in a newly commenced Counselling service based in South-West Sydney. VOLUNTEERS Volunteering opportunities are available in our offices as well as at fundraising and other events across NSW. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, contact Diana Waring. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 8875 4631 Documentary premiere The Long Goodbye, a documentary featuring three families in different stages of dealing with diagnoses of dementia, recently premiered on ABC1. The CEO of AlzNSW, The Hon. John Watkins, has congratulated and thanked those who took part in the documentary, The Long Goodbye, for their bravery, courage and generosity in sharing their stories. The film, which was screened on ABC1 on 12 April, follows the lives of three families who are dealing with diagnoses of dementia. “It is confronting and honest, heartbreakingly sad, and also uplifting as it reveals the great depths of love and courage that reside in all of us,” Mr Watkins said. “The documentary reveals many of the issues facing families confronted with a diagnosis of dementia: how it affects the individual diagnosed, the impact on families and relationships, the great sadness and loneliness it can cause, the most difficult decision to choose residential care, and the sheer exhaustion many carers experience. But it does so with great sympathy and affection for all involved.” The Long Goodbye was launched by Mr Watkins at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday 5 April at an event attended by the families who took part in the film, director Kaye Harrison, producer Gina Twyble and the new NSW Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles, The Hon. Kevin Humphries. For more information about the film, visit The Long Goodbye website. W: www.thelonggoodbye.com .au NEWS John Watkins (second from left) and Diana Waring (far right) with Corporate Volunteers from Real Insurance.
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