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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
14 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2011 On World Alzheimer's Day, Emma Lovell, Andrew Stenning, Anne Kirchler, Dr Bernard Walsh, Mel Cox, Matt O'Hara, Stephanie Franet and Fiona Kendall reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, 12 days after embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to help the thousands of people living with dementia in NSW. The Climb2Remember charity challenge took place in Tanzania from 14-26 September and raised more than $36,200 for AlzNSW. These funds will go towards helping the estimated 91,000 people living with dementia in NSW, and their families and carers. As well as being physically challenging, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro was a deeply personal journey for businesswoman Emma Lovell, whose grandfather Jack died from Alzheimer's disease. "The whole adventure was in honour of him and in the hope of fnding a cure for future generations, " Emma says. "I wish my grandfather, who was living overseas, had access to the sorts of services and support that AlzNSW provides. " For Emma, the trip was more than 16 months in the making, yet she concedes she could not have anticipated the enormous challenge and life changing journey she would go through on the trek. "I can tell you though, when my foot hit the summit of the mountain, all the hard work and emotion, trials and tribulations were worth it, " Emma says. Exhausted and elated, Emma realised how important an achievement it was to have climbed the world's largest freestanding mountain for a cause that will help improve the lives of so many people. FUNDRAISING ON TOP OF THE WORLD EIGHT DEDICATED CLIMBERS HAVE BRAVED THE HEIGHTS OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO TO RAISE FUNDS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA. BY CHARLOTTE MITCHELL Fiona Kendall participated in Climb2Remember "to honour all the incredible people living with dementia I have cared for in my years nursing. " Fiona says that travelling through such a heartbreakingly beautiful country was both exhilarating and exhausting. "I could not believe how lucky I was to have experienced this with such an amazing group of people. "We all had one shared wish: that what we were doing would mean a brighter day for the people who live with dementia and their amazing families. " Run in conjunction with Inspired Adventures, the climb was AlzNSW’s frst charity challenge. AlzNSW would like to thank all the climbers for their passion, enthusiasm and fundraising efforts. Eight climbers reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro on World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September, raising funds for AlzNSW.
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