The Memory Walk, World Alzheimer's Day
Sunday, September 21, 2008
For the first time, Sydney will join 17 other countries around the world to hold a Memory Walk. The Memory Walk will take place on World Alzheimer's Day - Sunday, September 21, 2008, from 9.00am.
The Sydney Memory Walk is a leisurely 2 or 5 kilometre walk through the "Parklands" at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay.
View the heritage listed Armory Buildings, Heritage Railway and the Newington Nature Reserve along the Parramatta River.
On the 5 kilometre walk you can see a protected native sanctuary - home of the golden bell frog. Mangroves and wetlands can also be enjoyed on this walk.
A Memory Tree will be a special feature of the day. Participants can purchase a paper leaf, add their memories or wishes for a person with dementia and attach their leaf to the tree. The leaves will be made into a book and displayed at the Alzheimer's Australia NSW library.
More than 220,000 Australians have been diagnosed with dementia, one third live in NSW. Alzheimer's Australia NSW runs programs to support people with dementia and those who care for them. We also run a risk reduction campaign and offer advice on our National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.
All money raised on the day will go towards a new memory van. The van will take our Mind Your Mind, dementia risk reduction education program, around NSW.
To register go to: www.memorywalk.com.au
, or call 8875 4625 and ask your family, friends and work colleagues to sponsor you for a total amount or by kilometre.