It’s not too late for Barriere and area residents to join the thousands of British Columbians walking their own way this month for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Join in the Walk to celebrate and remember the people in our lives who have been affected by dementia. However and whenever participants walk, they will be raising vital funds and awareness that will help create change for their community.
Participants are encouraged to walk in honour of someone in their life who has been affected by dementia, and the Walk in Barriere this year will also be honouring all caregivers within the area.
Dementia is a term that describes a general group of brain disorders. Symptoms include the loss of memory, impaired judgment, and changes in behavior and personality. Dementia is progressive, degenerative and eventually terminal.
Who will you be walking for?
Register today for yourself, your immediate household, or those within your bubble – just make sure you’re in accordance with current public health guidelines. You can set your own walking or fitness challenge goals for the month of May, while at the same time fundraising to support Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services. Participants are encouraged to get creative with your own personal challenge, include the dog, your favourite hiking spot, a number of laps around the park, the options are endless.
This exciting month of personal challenges and fundraising activity will end with a special online celebration on the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Facebook account at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has registered for the Walk so far, and are impressed by the adaptability and innovation they have displayed when it comes to supporting British Columbians on the dementia journey,” says Cathryn France, director of resource development at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
“The funds they raise are instrumental to ensuring that people affected by dementia have the tools to live their best life possible. With dementia numbers rising, more supports are needed, and we urge all North Thompson residents to consider taking part in this event.”
France also notes that the Society is currently running a promotion to recognize the work of the many fundraisers who dedicate themselves to the success of the Walk. For every $100 a fundraiser brings in between the time they initially register, and 11:59 p.m. on May 30, they will receive one entry into a draw to win a $1,000 VISA gift card.
Residents who are unable to physically take part in this month of activities are invited to register for an online auction in support of the event at: alzbc.org/auction. The auction will run until noon on Monday, May 31, items offered include a hockey stick signed by Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, hotel stays, winery tours and more.
To learn more about the event, or to register and start fundraising, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s ultimate vision is a world without dementia; that vision begins with a world where people living with the disease are welcomed, acknowledged and included. Working in communities throughout the province, the Society supports, educates and advocates for people with dementia, as well as enabling research into the disease. As part of a national federation, the Society is a leading authority on the disease in Canada. Learn more at: www.alzheimerbc.org
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