This Sunday Gold Coasters will be pounding the pavement to raise vital funds and awareness about dementia.
More than 66,600 Queenslanders are living with dementia, this includes more than 9,500 people living on the Gold Coast. It is now the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure.
For the first time ever, Alzheimer’s Australia Memory Walk & Jog is happening on the Gold Coast. The event will take place at Broadwater Parklands on Sunday 19 June with the race kicking off at 8am.
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A number of local personalities have signed up to take part in the event, including Cr Dawn Crichlow and the Gold Coast Titans cheer squad. Joining them are a whole host of other Gold Coasters who have been touched by dementia.
Tara Langeveld is leading the fundraising tally with over $3,500 raised in memory of her mother who passed away from dementia in February this year. “I was devastated to have to watch mum lose a lot of what made her the person she was. That’s why I wanted to do this for her,” she said.
Tiffany Bonadies also signed up to do the Memory Walk & Jog for a parent, her father who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after living with the disease for 10 years. “I wish dementia had the large, passionate following like breasts cancer and other diseases. I don’t ever want to see another family go through what we went through with dad,” she said.
Registrations are still open for the Alzheimer’s Australia Memory Walk & Jog. For more information, visit: memorywalk.com.au/find-a-walk/qld/events