Dementia is the second leading cause of death of all Australians. As of this year it is estimated that there are 425,416 Australians living with dementia every day, and an incalculable number affected by its reach. Dementia itself is a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders that affect the brain; it includes Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and many more. It truly is a collection of horrors – it is estimated that if a medical breakthrough is not made soon, that the number of people suffering will rise to over a million by 2056. You’re probably reading this and thinking, “what can I do?” – well here on the Sunshine Coast we’re doing something. This year, on Sunday the 24th of June 2018, hosted by the Kawana Surf Club, the Sunshine Coast will be hosting its own Memory Walk to raise vital funds to help fight the tide.
The Memory Walk is a Dementia Australia initiative to help raise vital funds to support sufferers and their families through support services, counseling, support groups and education, as well as professional training across Queensland. This year, as long as you’re 6 years or older, you can do your part. Register for the 2.5km walk, the 5km walk, or the 9km run. Price of entry depends on your age, with children between the ages of 6 and 17 contributing $25, along with the Seniors of 60 years of age or older. Adult participants will contribute $35, or organise yourselves as a family for $80. Of course, those under the age of 5 wanting to give it a toddle are more than welcome to join in for free. Or if you prefer not to walk, but want to help out, the official Memorywalk website allows you to make a direct donation. With all proceeds going towards making life a little easier, there really couldn’t be a better cause. Personally I have been affected by different elements of dementia in a few ways in my life, and very strongly support this fantastic event.
For more information and to register – visit the Memorywalk official website and get warming up for June 24th.