Dementia Australia Ambassador, Seven’s Andrea Nicolas

Dementia Australia Ambassador, Seven’s Andrea Nicolas, welcomes crowds for Adelaide’s Memory Walk & Jog

More than 1,000 people were joined by Seven News Senior Reporter Andrea Nicolas today for the annual Adelaide Memory Walk & Jog event at Colley Reserve, Colley Terrace, Glenelg.

As event Master of Ceremonies, Ms Nicolas said she has been personally impacted by dementia through her father, who was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of just 56.

“I have been involved with the Memory Walk & Jog events in Adelaide for a number of years, and I’m honoured, especially in memory of my father, to have been appointed as a Dementia Australia Ambassador,” Ms Nicolas said.

“My family was fortunate enough to receive support from Dementia Australia during our time of need.

“We can never underestimate the importance of support for people impacted by dementia.

“I want to do my bit to help make sure everyone who is impacted by dementia can receive that same support.”

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Ms Nicolas’ support is invaluable in raising awareness about dementia in the community.

“We are honoured that Andrea is willing to share her personal experience and knowledge about dementia to support the role of Dementia Australia to make a difference to the lives of all people impacted by dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

The 2019 Adelaide Memory Walk & Jog was a wonderful event, and Ms McCabe extended her thanks to everyone who participated, raised funds or donated.

“We are thrilled with the fantastic turn out and enormous levels of support and community spirit demonstrated at today’s Memory Walk & Jog event,” Ms McCabe said.

“It was inspiring to see more than 1,000 people out walking and running in support of people with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

Ms McCabe also acknowledged everyone who volunteered at the event.

“I would like to thank the local Adelaide community and our many volunteers for ensuring the event ran safely and smoothly,” Ms McCabe said.

“It simply would not have been possible to host this Memory Walk & Jog event without their support.

“It is wonderful to see so many people support us in this way and we are very grateful for their generosity,” Ms McCabe said.

The event saw attendees take part in either 3km, 6km or 10km walk, jog or run, raising more than $80,000 to support the work of Dementia Australia, which provides invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia in Australia, their carers, families and friends.

For those who missed out, there is still time to show your support by making a donation at www.memorywalk.com.au.

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 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

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