Newstead local Nicole French is channelling her energy this month into raising awareness about dementia, and will join around 600 other people at Australia’s largest dementia fundraiser in Brisbane at the end of this month.
With dementia now affecting more than 77,000 Queenslanders, Nicole, a psychologist, will join other Brisbanites in her quest to advocate for other families going through the same thing, helping to raise a total of $100,000 to continue supporting people through their dementia journey.
As the top fundraiser for Memory Walk & Jog in Queensland, Nicole has trumped her fundraising target of $700 almost five times, raising nearly $3,500.
“Everyone has been very generous, but in particular I’d like to thank the Clem Jones Group who have very generously donated over $1,000.”
“I lost my hero, my dad Desmond, this year because of dementia. I moved states and gave up full time work to be my dad’s carer and advocate. I walked with dad through each stage of the journey and wrapped him in love each day,” said Nicole.
“I’m raising these funds because of a wonderful group of supportive people who have listened to my voice and whom also share in the belief that so much more can be done to support our dementia community.”
“With the prevalence stats as they are, it's no surprise when I say that many of my peers have been affected by dementia and thus are only too happy to donate.”
“Throughout my journey, I also learnt that there are too many myths and stereotypes perpetuated about dementia and I really want to help change that.”
“Like many families I needed to understand how best to help dad. Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) was an absolute godsend as a one stop depositary of information, preparing me for what my dad’s needs may become and on strategies for handling dementia based behaviours.”
Nicole is a big advocate for building the capacity of the aged care system to better care for people living with dementia.
“So much more can be done to educate, support and prepare families (particularly at assessment phase) on how best to deal with dementia.”
“I do have hope for a better future. Getting the message out there through strong advocacy is paramount to creating better assessment, treatment and management of our beautiful dementia people and supporting the families.”
Australia’s largest fundraiser for dementia is coming to Brisbane and will be held on Sunday 28th May at The University of Queensland, St Lucia.
Memory Walk & Jog raises much-needed funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) which provides invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.
Participants can choose to take part in a 2.5km or 5km walk or jog and are asked to help us reach the $100,000 fundraising target. Last year more than 1,000 people took part in the event across Queensland.
There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, plenty of entertainment and food stalls.
The first 500 people to register receive a FREE Memory Walk & Jog T-shirt. For more information, or to register, go to www.memorywalk.com.au/qld
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. Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog will be held on 28th May at the University of Queensland and is one of four events happening in Queensland.
Opal Aged Care is the major supporter of the 2017 Memory Walk & Jog in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. For more information, go to www.memorywalk.com.au.
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 413,106 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than a million by 2056.
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
Sibel Korhaliller, 0411 101 896