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Dementia fundraiser Memory Walk & Jog returns to Canberra

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Canberra locals are excitedly preparing for the return of Memory Walk & Jog to the city.

To be held on Sunday, February 27, the Canberra version will take place at the iconic Barrine Drive on Lake Burley Griffin.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe says Dementia Australia is excited to see the event return to Canberra in 2022.

“The Memory Walk & Jog series is Dementia Australia’s biggest fundraising initiative, and helps us provide invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia in Australia, their carers, families and friends,” McCabe says.

“It has been my pleasure to take part in many Memory Walk & Jog events across Australia over the years, and I attest to how enjoyable and rewarding they are.

McCabe says across the nation the event offers fun for all the family.

“These events are so important, not just from a fundraising perspective, but also because they are opportunities for people impacted by dementia to gather, to get active and to share stories with people in similar circumstances,” she says.

“Together, we can make the world look brighter for people with dementia. Let’s show them they are not alone!”

Events like Memory Walk & Jog play an important role not only in funding support, but also in raising awareness of dementia.

There are 19 Memory Walk & Jog events planned across Australia in 2022, which represents the series’ largest event program to date.

Each event offers fun for people of all ages and abilities.

The course is family-friendly, and suitable for all levels of fitness. Each event is designed for people of all ages and abilities to select whether they take part in a walk, jog or run of 2km, 5km or 10km.

Participate as an individual, get a team together, or even come in fancy dress.

The safety and wellbeing of Memory Walk & Jog participants, volunteers and staff is Dementia Australia’s top priority at these events.

The team is constantly monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19, and remains in communication with the relevant federal, state and local authorities.

A robust COVID-safe plan has been tailored for each event and will be adapted as needed.

In the ACT alone at present it is estimated that there are approximately 6360 people living with dementia.

Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase to an estimated 18,900 people by 2058.

Register for the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog event here, or find out about the other events planned across Australia here.

If you can’t attend one of the planned events in the series, why not consider organising your 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

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