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Doris Younane and Sean Berry get set to MC Western Sydney Memory Walk & Jog

February 2017

 

Media Release

 

Doris Younane and Sean Berry get set to MC Western Sydney Memory Walk & Jog

 

Actress Doris Younane and Seven News reporter Sean Berry are gearing up to host this year’s Western Sydney Memory Walk & Jog.

 

Doris, who is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, is no stranger to the Memory Walk & Jog events, having been involved for a number of years in honour of her mother, who lived with dementia. The McLeod’s Daughters and Channel Ten’s The Wrong Girl star will join participants at Stuart Park, North Wollongong on Sunday 26 February.

 

“My mother recently passed away with dementia, so I understand the life-changing impact it can have on the entire family,” she said.

 

“Thankfully, support is available through Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. Being able to talk to professionals and counsellors provided a lifeline to me and my family, and I would advise anybody in similar circumstances to reach out for this vital support.”

 

Sean said one of the great things about Memory Walk & Jog is that it is open to anyone, no matter their age or fitness level.

 

“Leading an active lifestyle is so important when it comes to maintaining our brain health. Come along and join myself and Doris to help support people impacted by dementia, and do something good for yourself at the same time,” he said.

 

Memory Walk & Jog raises much-needed funds to support Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, which provides invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia in the Western Sydney region, their carers, family and friends.

 

Participants can choose to run or walk 7.5km or 2km and are asked to help us reach the Western Sydney Memory Walk & Jog fundraising target of $300,000.

 

Memory Walk & Jog is a fun event for all ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow, come along and join in the fun knowing you’re walking or running for a good cause.

 

Registration is now open. For more information, or to register, go to www.memorywalk.com.au. Opal Aged Care is the major supporter of the 2017 Memory Walk & Jog in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

 

Memory Walk & Jog is the largest fundraiser for dementia in Australia. In 2017, Alzheimer’s Australia will hold 18 Memory Walk & Jog events around the country to raise funds to support people with dementia, their families and carers, and help promote brain health and healthy lifestyles to all Australians. All courses are wheelchair accessible and there are different distances to choose from, depending on your age and fitness level.

 

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030. 

 

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                                                         www.fightdementia.org.au

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