Alzheimer’s Australia is hosting their annual Memory Walk Sydney on the 7th May, starting at Leichardt Oval. You can sign up for the 2 km or 7.5 km walk (or even run) to raise funds and more awareness for the race against dementia. All the proceeds will be given to related education, professional training, critical support services and counseling for people (and families) affected by this illness.
If you register early, you may still have a chance of receiving a complimentary Memory Walk & Jog t-shirt. But with only 500 available, there’s a slim chance any are still up for grabs. It does cost you to be part of this event but kids (under 5 years old) can enter for free. Kids 6-17 years old and seniors cost $19, adults are $36 and families (two parental supervisors or two seniors with two rugrats) is $85.
If you’re ready for a morning start, the Memory Walk & Jog will beat you to the punch as registration opens 7.00 am, astonishingly early for a Sunday! This’ll give you around an hour to warm up those legs (and brain) for the 8.45 am runners start, followed five minutes later by the walkers for your marks, get set and go, go, go. With the prizes given out at 10.30 am and the race officially finishing thirty minutes later, it’ll be an incredibly productive Sunday morning for all involved.
Even though you’ve paid an entry fee, if you really want to take the illness bull-by-the-horns, you can set up a fundraiser. Make sure you sponsor yourself first, to entice others to follow and then its case of rallying for serious hard currency from friends & family. Fundraise the standard way through social media or step it up a notch with a friends & family afternoon or evening cash soiree. Possibly you could set up a theme activity such as ‘memory lane:’ each person is given a clue about a long-time-ago personal event that took place. If they remember the event from the clues, then they add $20 to the fundraising pot. Not only will the moolah flow in faster than you’d expect, but it’d remind everyone of how much we do take our brains for granted. Imagine having dementia and all those precious memories just fade away? Right – that hit the emotional core so sign up for the event and start fundraising pronto.
And maybe you’ll also remember to swing by our hotel in Cremorne Point to let us know how your walk or jog went. A double reminder: possibly treat yourself to a night’s stay (or weekend) at Cremorne Point Manor after the fundraiser. The views of the Harbour and downtown skyline are stunning…something you’ll remember for a long time to come.
Morale: Don’t take your brain in vain.