Locals are getting ready for the inaugural Darwin Memory Walk & Jog 2021, which will be held on Sunday 4 July at Dudley Point Lookout.
Darwin is the latest location to be added to the list of 17 Memory Walk & Jog events happening across Australia in 2021 and offers Territorians a day of fun for people of all ages and abilities.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Memory Walk & Jog is Dementia Australia’s largest fundraising initiative, and raises much-needed funds to help provide invaluable support, education and resources for people impacted by dementia.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this event to Darwin and the Northern Territory for the first time,” Ms McCabe said.
“These events bring together people impacted by dementia and their supporters to walk or run, raise money and share their stories. Many people impacted by dementia find these events a great way to connect with other local people in similar circumstances.
“Participants continually tell us they come away feeling a great sense of community and of knowing they are not alone.”
There are an estimated 1,900 people living with dementia in the Northern Territory. With that figure projected to increase to about 6,500 by 2058, events like Memory Walk & Jog play an important role not only in funding support, but also in raising awareness of dementia.
The course is family-friendly and suitable for all levels of fitness. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, food stalls and special guest appearances from Memory Walk & Jog mascot Al the Elephant.
You can choose to take part as an individual or get a team together. A variety of distances will be available for participants to run, walk or jog.
The safety and wellbeing of Memory Walk & Jog participants, volunteers and staff is Dementia Australia’s top priority at these events. The team is constantly monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19, and remains in communication with the relevant federal, state and local authorities.
A robust COVID-safe plan has been tailored for each individual event and will be adapted as needed closer to the date of the event.
Register for the first Darwin Memory Walk & Jog event now, or find out about other ways to get involved at www.memorywalk.com.au
Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.