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Dementia Australia is calling for volunteers to help collect donations across the country for National Collection Day, a flagship fundraising event for Dementia Awareness Month in September.
Collection Day will be taking place on Thursday 20 September 2018.
Dementia Australia’s Executive Director, Business Development, Leanne Emerson said volunteers are instrumental in the success of our National Collection Day.
“Last year we raised more than $17,000 thanks to the dedication and unwavering support of our volunteers, who spent the day collecting donations from generous well-wishers at train stations and shopping centres across Sydney,” Ms Emerson said.
“This year we are expanding our collection sites to other cities including Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne and need more help.
“Volunteering on Collection Day is a great experience. Volunteers who have assisted in the past have found the experience a very fulfilling one, engaging with the local community and helping raise awareness of dementia.
“The donations collected are used to support a wide range of services for people living with dementia, their families and carers with all forms of dementia.
“These services provide a crucial part of the work that Dementia Australia undertakes on behalf of more than 425,000 people living with dementia, their families, carers and friends.
“This year we will have designated collection centres in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. There will be opportunities to volunteer in the morning, over lunchtime, or in the afternoon.”
In New South Wales our collection centres will be located at Town Hall Station, Wynyard Station, Martin Place Stations, Central Station, Parramatta Station, North Sydney Station, Bondi Junction Station, Manly Wharf Station, Circular Quay Station, Milsons Point Station and Macquarie University Station.
In South Australia our collection centres will be located at Adelaide City North Terrace & Rundle Mall, Adelaide Railway Station, and Adelaide Central Market and at the Marion Shopping Mall.
In Queensland our collection centres will be located at Harbour Town, Sunnybank Plaza, Capalaba Central Shopping Centre, Hyperdome and Myers Queen Street.
In Victoria our collection centres will be located at Richmond Station, Caulfield Station, North Melbourne Station, Camberwell Station, Frankston Station, Bourke St Mall, Corner of Flinders and Swanston Street, Victoria and Elizabeth Streets, Collins and Spencer Street and Southbank.
If you are interested in volunteering on Collection Day, please register your interest at www.dementia.org.au/events/collection-day-2018.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity 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 425,000 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 Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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