300 locals to support Memory Walk & Jog in Strathdale Park this Sunday

8 October 2015

Media Alert – Photo Opportunity

Up to 300 locals will be supporting Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Memory Walk & Jog in Bendigo on Sunday.

The community fundraising event is part of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s efforts to raise awareness of dementia across Victoria, where there is currently more than 81,000 people living with dementia.

It is estimated that there are currently 1,686 people living with dementia in Greater Bendigo and that without a medical breakthrough, that figure will rise by 224% by 2050.[1]

 

Approximately 300 people are expected to participate in three available events:

DATE:                        Sunday 11 October

LOCATION:               Strathdale Park

TIMES:                       8.00am:           8km run

9.00am:           4km walk

9.00am:           4km run

 

Attendees available for interviews:

  • Alzheimer’s Australia Vic ambassador Amy Jackson ( Melbourne City, W-League) - 4km walk
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Vic CEO Maree McCabe – 4km walk
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Chair Neil Samuel – 4km walk
  • Many participants of all ages

Memory Walk & Jog started as a small community event in Homebush NSW. The event has grown and in addition to the Bendigo Memory Walk & Jog, an event was held in Geelong in September and subsequent events will be held in Mornington, Doncaster and Albury/Wodonga in 2016.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is aiming to raise $50,000 through the event, with participants encouraged to seek sponsorship from their own networks. Many participants walk in memory of loved ones who have died from dementia and for those living with a diagnosis.

 

For more information visit https://reg.memorywalk.com.au/vic/bendigo/

 

Media contact: Christine Bolt 0400 004 553 / christine.bolt@alzheimers.org.au

Professional photographs available on request.

 

[1] * All data sourced from a Deloitte Access Economics research commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic in 2012.