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Monday 14 August 2017
Fundraiser Greg Kelly begins his ‘Ride for the future’
Queensland local, Greg Kelly has begun the extraordinary journey of riding around Australia on his Harley Davidson, raising much needed funds and awareness for the 413,000 Australians living with dementia.
Greg, an ex-financial services executive, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, aged 59, and is one of the 25,000 Australians living with younger onset dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Maree McCabe extends her gratitude to Greg and his family for their support and for sharing their experience to increase awareness of frontotemporal and younger onset dementia in Australia.
“An increased awareness about all forms of dementia will result in reducing stigma and social isolation and elevating awareness and understanding. This gets people talking about dementia and seeking support earlier,” Ms McCabe said.
“We are so grateful to Greg and to all the dedicated and generous fundraisers in our community who so selflessly give their time and energy to raising funds and awareness for our organisation to support people living with dementia, their carers and families.”
Beginning on the Gold Coast, Greg will travel to all states and territories of Australia and ride the length and breadth of both New Zealand and The United States.
Greg will donate the money he raises in each location to a number of dementia organisations, including Alzheimer’s Australia, The Frontotemporal Dementia Association, University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute and Frontier Research at the Brain and Mind Centre.
“More often than not, people like me who receive a diagnosis have young families, and all the financial and personal pressures of life are still happening around them,” Greg said.
“I am not taking this lying down. I will fight this disease with my remaining skills and experience. I’m determined to shine a light on frontotemporal and younger onset dementia.
“It is something I will live with for the rest of my life but I am determined to make a difference while I still can.”
Greg has already inspired his family and friends, and the interest and support of sponsors Harley Davidson Motor Cycles, Shannons Insurance, his local Telstra store, Accor Hotels and the Wyndham Hotel Group.
A documentary team have been following Greg’s story and will join him at select locations along the way.
During his ride, Greg will be attending events at select Harley Davidson stores across Australia.
An event will be held at Canberra Harley Davidson on Saturday, 19 August 2017 at 10am with a sausage sizzle and an opportunity to meet Greg.
For more information and media opportunities contact Greg or his partner Janet using the contact details below.
For more information about frontotemporal dementia please read Dementia Australia’s Helpsheet on frontotemporal dementia.
Greg Kelly / [email protected]
Janet Durling (Greg’s partner) / 0412 706 141 / [email protected]
Sarah Kleven / (02) 6278 8916 / [email protected]
Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million in 40 years.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area
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