Dementia Australia community fundraiser Dustylee Williams has entered the final weeks of her inspiring 2017 pledge to honor her late Grandmother, Betty, who sadly lost her battle with dementia last year.
Earlier this year, Dustylee committed to raising $12,000 for Dementia Australia by running 1,200 kilometres in twelve months, collecting donations from supporters along the way, and raising awareness about dementia.
Now, with only weeks to go, Dustylee is on track to completing her 1,200 kilometre target but still needs help to reach her fundraising target.
The challenge was never going to come easy for Dustylee, who is also a busy mother to four children and works full-time as a nurse.
“Before starting the challenge, I had never run more than four kilometres in my life so setting a 1,200 kilometre target for the year was a massive commitment,” Dustylee said.
“Nana passed away in March 2016 after living with dementia for many years. I wanted to do something to honor her memory and show my four children what can be achieved with determination and courage.”
Despite setbacks throughout the year including fracturing her ribs and battling a recurring knee injury, Dustylee has remained positive and determined to complete her challenge, earning increased admiration from Dementia Australia and other supporters along the way.
Dementia Australia Regional Director, Sandra Nugent, is encouraging locals to get behind Dustylee as she moves towards the final kilometres of her 2017 goal.
“Dustylee is truly inspiring. In addition to raising funds to enable Dementia Australia to continue providing support, services and education to families impacted by dementia, she is also raising awareness for dementia, now the largest killer of women in Australia,” Sandra said.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during middle age is proven to potentially prevent the development of dementia later in life and Dustylee is also helping us advocate for this, showing others that anything is possible.”
Dustylee will complete the final 5 kilometres of her journey at the North Lakes Park Run event on Saturday 30 December, and handover the cheque to Dementia Australia on Saturday 20 January, also at a North Lakes Park Run event.
Follow Dustylee’s incredible journey on Facebook at 1200km for Alzheimer’s: A journey to remember and help her reach her $12,000 goal by 20 January by visiting her fundraising page here. To run with Dustylee for her final kilometres, you can register for the North Lakes Park Run via the website.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. 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 by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimers Australia.
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