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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2013
IN TOUCH SUMMER 2013 5 THE ILLAWARRA SHINES It was the Illawarra's turn to shine in October. Stuart Park at North Wollongong was transformed for Memory Walk & Jog as 1068 people turned out to support the estimated 5300 people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends. The multicultural spirit of the region was celebrated with entertainment from the Women's Multicultural Choir, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Winyanga Nanganai and Astarte Mind + Body Studio. Aboriginal elder Bev Armer shared an emotional story of her family's experience with dementia and conducted the Welcome to Country. There was a special presentation made to Illawarra Consumer Advisory Group member and tireless volunteer Val Fell (pictured on the cover, with AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins) who was named honorary lifetime member of AlzNSW. "It was lovely to see almost 3000 people out running and walking in support of people with dementia in the Hunter and Illawarra," said Mr Watkins. "It really was a remarkable effort and I'd like to congratulate and thank everyone involved." AlzNSW would like to thank sponsors Bupa aged care, Souvenaid, David Lloyd Funerals, Community Options Illawarra and Glencore for their support. The events could not happen without the generous donation of time by our special volunteers, with more than 200 volunteers at the 2013 Hunter and Illawarra Memory Walks & Jogs. AlzNSW would like to thank all those who took part and assisted in any way to make this year's Memory Walks & Jogs the biggest and best yet. MEMORY WALKS & JOGS Above and below left: Participants of the 2013 Illawara Memory Walk & Jog in October, held at Stuart Park in North Wollongong. The Memory Walk & Jog series ended the year on a high with events in the Hunter and Illawarra. Hunter broke last year's record with 1907 people attending the second annual Memory Walk & Jog at Speers Point Park in Lake Macquarie in September. It was a special and emotional day not only for those who gathered to walk for, or with, a loved one, but also for seven-year-old Vanuatu- born Nurak Charley who, after two life-changing surgeries to help him walk, led the 2km walkers out of the starting gate. In a moving ceremony, Aunty Sandra Griffn welcomed the crowd to Awabakal Country and 11-year-old Jamie Elliott delivered a beautiful rendition of the Australian National Anthem in a local Aboriginal language. AlzNSW ambassador and actress Doris Younane and NBN news sports presenter Mike Rabbitt were a colourful MC duo that kept everyone on their toes throughout the morning. NEWS
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