Four-legged friends to gather in Hunter for first ever Memory Walk & Dog

Dementia Australia is preparing to host its first ever 'Memory Walk & Dog' events as part of its popular Memory Walk & Jog series.

As Memory Walk & Jog prepares to get 'pup and running' in the Hunter Valley on Sunday 31 March at Speers Point Park, participants are encouraged to register their furry friends too, and bring them along for a very special walk!

Each dog registered will receive a special Memory Walk & Jog dog bandana, so your pooch will really look the part.

Dementia Australia's Memory Walk & Jog raises much-needed funds 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.

This year, participants can choose to take part in 2km or 7.5km walk, jog or run and are invited to help us reach the $110,000 fundraising target. All funds raised will benefit Dementia Australia services in the Hunter region.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the course is family (and dog!) friendly, and for all ages and fitness levels.

"With the launch of 'Memory Walk & Dog', we're delighted to be offering a way for participants to officially involve their four-legged friends," Ms McCabe said.

"It really is the paw-fect event for all the family!"

There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, plenty of entertainment, food stalls, and a special guest appearance from Memory Walk & Jog mascot, Al the Elephant.

Registrations are now open for all Memory Walk & Jog events across Australia. Register today for Dementia Australia's biggest fundraiser of the year at The first 500 people to register for the Hunter event will receive a free t-shirt, and the first 1,000 people to register across all events will get a free pedometer.

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

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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