Friday, June 21, 2024

Ita Buttrose backs dementia walk efforts

Dementia Australia Patron, Ita Buttrose AC OBE, is encouraging all Australians to show their support for people living with dementia by taking part in Memory Walk & Jog events in 2024.

Ms Buttrose said she is excited to see Dementia Australia’s largest fundraising initiative set to return with its biggest ever season of events.

“Memory Walk & Jog started as one single event but has now grown to many events across Australia,” she said.

“Each Memory Walk & Jog is powerful and inspirational, offering a wonderful opportunity for people to gather in shared experience and to come away knowing we are in this together.

“I have loved attending many Memory Walk & Jogs over the years. It is always one of my favourite events of the year that I support in my role as a Dementia Australia Patron.

“I appreciate everyone who registers and participates to raise vital funds to support people living with dementia, their families and carers.”

Memory Walk & Jog raises much-needed funds to support the work of Dementia Australia in providing invaluable services, education, resources and more to Australians impacted by dementia.

In 2024, Dementia Australia will host Memory Walk & Jog events in five new locations – Dubbo, Bowral, Lorne, Forster and Redcliffe. These new locations will bring the total number of events in the series to 22 events, the largest series ever.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe AM said that through the 2024 Memory Walk & Jog series, Dementia Australia is aiming to raise over $2 million and to attract more than 12,000 participants from across the country.

“Each event is designed for people of all ages and abilities to walk, jog or run and to select from a variety of distances,” Ms McCabe said.

“Currently there are more than 400,000 people of all ages living with dementia in Australia.

“Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase to more than 800,000 by 2058. Events like Memory Walk & Jog play an important role in funding much-needed support for Australians impacted by dementia.

“There really is something for everyone at Memory Walk & Jog, and I invite you to come along, have fun and help us fulfill our vision of an inclusive future where all people impacted by dementia receive the care and support they choose.”

2024 Memory Walk & Jog locations and dates

Mudgee (Pop Up)Saturday 10 FebruaryLawson Park
Dubbo (Pop Up)Sunday 11 FebruaryLions Park
HuskissonSaturday 17 FebruaryVoyager Park
Bowral (Pop Up)Sunday 18 FebruaryBotanic Gardens
CanberraSunday 25 FebruaryBarrine Drive
IllawarraSunday 3 MarchLang Park
Western SydneySunday 10 MarchTench Reserve
CronullaSunday 10 MarchDon Lucas Reserve
PerthSunday 17 MarchBurswood Park
Mildura (Pop Up)Saturday 23 MarchOrnamental Lakes Park
AdelaideSunday 24 MarchWigley Reserve
BendigoSaturday 20 AprilBotanic Gardens
BallaratSunday 21 AprilLake Wendouree
Lorne (Pop Up)Saturday 27 AprilPoint Grey Picnic Area
GeelongSunday 28 AprilEastern Beach Reserve
MelbourneSunday 5 MayPrinces Park
Forster (Pop Up)Saturday 11 MayJohn Wright Park
HunterSunday 12 MaySpeers Point
SydneySunday 19 MayLeichardt Oval no. 3
BrisbaneSunday 26 MayRocks Riverside Park
Redcliffe (Pop Up)Saturday 1 JuneCaptain Cook Park
Gold CoastSunday 2 JunePratten Park

Registrations are open now for 2024 Memory Walk & Jog events across Australia which start as early as February. More details can be found at www.memorywalk.com.au.

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