An impressive 350 people from the Darwin community and beyond turned out to show their support on Sunday 19 June at Dementia Australia’s first ever Darwin Memory Walk & Jog.
The fundraising event was hosted at the iconic East Point reserve, and participants raised a total of over $40,000.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said it was a fantastic day and extended her gratitude to our Ambassadors and all who participated, raised funds, spread the word, or donated.
“We are delighted to have enjoyed such an outstanding show of support from the Darwin community, who turned out in such large numbers,” Ms McCabe said.
“So many people impacted by dementia find these events a great way to connect with other local people in similar circumstances.”
“And from what we witnessed at the Darwin event, that was certainly the case!”
Ms McCabe also acknowledged everyone who volunteered at the Darwin Memory Walk & Jog.
“Our many volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure it ran safely and smoothly, and was enjoyable for all,” she said. “The success of this event simply would not have been possible without their support. Thank you!”
The event saw attendees walk, jog or run 2km, 5km or timed 10km courses. The money raised will help provide invaluable support, education and resources for people impacted by dementia in Darwin and across Australia.
There are an estimated 487,500 people living with all forms of dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough this figure is projected to increase to 1,076,000 people by 2058. Events like Memory Walk & Jog play an important role not only in funding support, but also in raising awareness of dementia.
The Darwin event was one of 19 scheduled at various locations around the country in 2022. Details on the remaining events in the series can be found at www.memorywalk.com.au
Dementia Australia is encouraging Darwin locals who were unable to participate at this event to consider organising their own group or individual walk or jog, with a My Way or Walk & Jog Impossible Challenge? More details can be found at www.memorywalk.com.au
Original content from AAP. Note: Content has been edited for style and length.
Nina Alvarez is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel. Her interests include writing, particularly about the healthcare sector and the many ways it can improve to further benefit people from all walks of life.