GIANTS netball ace Sam Poolman becomes Dementia Australia NSW Ambassador

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GIANTS netball player and newest Alzheimer’s Australia NSW ambassador Sam Poolman will join thousands of locals at the starting line for this year’s Hunter Memory Walk & Jog event later this month.

A local to the Hunter region, Sam will participate at the event in honour of her grandfather Gordon, who passed away having lived with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Seeing first hand the effect that Alzhiemer's disease had on both my Grandad and my family is something l wouldn't wish upon anyone,” Sam said.

“That’s why the work Alzheimer’s Australia NSW does in supporting people impacted by dementia is so important. I am grateful to have the opportunity to positively contribute to raising awareness of the organisation and dementia.

“I hope I can use my profile to help encourage other families on this journey to seek and find support when caring for a loved one living with this disease.

“The Hunter region is my beloved home, and every year my family participates in the Memory Walk & Jog to help raise funds and awareness. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to join us at the Memory Walk & Jog, and show their support for this great cause. Let’s fight dementia together!”

The Hon. John Watkins AM, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia NSW said the organisation was delighted to welcome Sam on board as an Ambassador.

“We are also thrilled Sam is able to take part at this year’s Hunter Memory Walk & Jog event,” Mr Watkins said.

“Sam’s support will be invaluable in helping Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to continue raising awareness about dementia.

"We are so grateful that Sam is willing to share her own personal experiences with dementia to support the vital work of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. We thank her for her commitment to making a difference to the lives of all people, of all ages, living with dementia, their families and carers.”

There is still time to register for the 2017 Hunter Memory Walk & Jog, which will be held on Sunday 21 May at Tulkaba Park, and will raise much-needed funds for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. The organisation provides invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia in NSW, their carers, families and friends.

Participants can choose to take part in a 3km or 6.5km walk or run, and are asked to help us reach our $300,000 fundraising target. Last year almost 2,000 people took part in the event from across the Hunter region.

There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, entertainment, food stalls and a special guest appearance from Memory Walk & Jog mascot Al the Elephant. For more information, or to register, go to

Opal Aged Care is the major supporter of the 2017 Memory Walk & Jog in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. For more information, go to