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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2014
MEMORY WALK & JOG is off to a ﬂying start, with Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP unveiling the new-look Port Macquarie Memory Walk & Jog at an event in April. The Parliamentary Friends of Dementia co-convenor and chair of the Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Steering Committee ofﬁcially launched the fundraising and awareness-raising event by asking the community to sign up for AlzNSW’s Memory Walk & Jog, and to join her in the race against dementia. “This is a great way for people to get involved, show support of people living with dementia, help raise some much-needed funds and do something good for your health at the same time,” Leslie said. “Funds raised will go towards helping AlzNSW provide vital support services for people living with dementia,” she added. Memory Walk & Jog entrants can do a 2km or 7.5km walk or a 7.5km run in four locations across NSW, with participants encouraged to raise money to help reach a fundraising target of $750,000 across the state. AlzNSW CEO, The Hon. John Watkins said this year was already shaping up to be an exciting and successful one for Memory Walk & Jog. “We are so lucky to have such wonderful community support for this important cause. It is fantastic to see good friend of the organisation Leslie Williams MP join us again this year in supporting the Port Macquarie Memory Walk & Jog,” he said. “All funds raised from Memory Walk & Jog will help increase AlzNSW’s ability to provide vital support services, such as counselling, support groups, education to help family carers and professional training. These services reduce feelings of isolation and empower people living with dementia and those caring for them.” Port Macquarie joins Hunter, Sydney and Illawarra on the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s Memory Walk & Jog circuit. The 2014 Memory Walk & Jog is again proudly supported by Bupa. For more information, visit www.memorywalk.com.au BARE YOUR SOLE #MEMORYWALK As part of Memory Walk & Jog, this year we want you to help us start a social media revolution. By snapping a pic of your shoes and sharing your story you can help raise funds and awareness for people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends. It’s easy! To get involved all you have to do is take a picture of your shoes and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #memorywalk. There are many ways to bare your sole: 1. Show us how your training is going for Memory Walk & Jog; 2. Let us know your special reason for taking part this year; 3. If you are a person living with dementia, carer, family or friend of someone who is living with dementia, let us know what it is like to ‘walk in your shoes’; 4. Sign up to Memory Walk & Jog and let everyone know by posting a pic of your joggers and a link to your fundraising page; 5. Share a favourite memory of a loved one who bought you your shoes; 6. Remind your friends of that crazy thing you did while wearing your shoes! Shoes hold decades of memories, so bare your ‘sole’ and share a story to help support people with dementia. Remember to #memorywalk with your posts. If you’re not active on social media and still want to take part, send us your pic and a short memory and we can post it for you. For more information and post ideas, go to: www.memorywalk.com.au/myshoes MEMORY WALK & JOG DATES 24 AUGUST Hunter Memory Walk & Jog Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie 31 AUGUST Port Macquarie Memory Walk & Jog Westport Park, Port Macquarie 14 SEPTEMBER Sydney Memory Walk & Jog Leichhardt Oval #3, Lilyﬁeld 12 OCTOBER Illawarra Memory Walk & Jog Stuart Park, North Wollongong IN TOUCH WINTER 2014 9
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