Alzheimer’s Memory Walk
Thank You For Joining Us!
Thank You, thank you, thank you…
On behalf of everyone at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each and every one of you for joining us for our very first Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
Thanks to your participation we have now raised OVER €100,000 which will allow us to continue to provide services and support to the 64,000 people living with dementia right across the country.
So many of you shared your heart warming photos and stories with us and for that we are truly grateful, thank you for allowing us share in your experience and in your Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
Share Your Walks
While we will be making every step count from a safe distance this year, we cannot wait to see you all in your t-shirts ‘Walking Together’ for dementia.
Make sure to share your photos with us on the day using #ASIMemoryWalk and #DoItForDementia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Our Ambassador Pamela Laird
We are delighted to be joined by ASI ambassador, beauty expert and entrepreneur Pamela Laird who has a family connection with dementia as her father, Sylvester, was diagnosed with dementia in 2016.
“Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is an excellent way to bring families and communities together to raise vital money and awareness during World Alzheimer’s Month. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland does excellent work throughout the country and my family has used their supports to help my dad with his journey with dementia.
“During World Alzheimer’s Month 2020, I really want to put a spotlight on dementia as it desperately needs our attention. I’m really looking forward to taking part in Alzheimer’s Memory Walk and I would encourage everyone to do the same.”
Read here full story here
Meet Some of our Walkers
Fiona Marie Booth, who is currently living in Portlaoise in Co Laois, is a member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) which is supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Fiona’s dad, Richard, passed away last December after a long progression of Lewy Body Dementia, and she will be taking part in Alzheimer’s Memory Walk in his memory.
“On Sunday, September 20th, just a couple of weeks after what would be Dad’s 67th birthday, I will be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, in memory of him. I will be walking through the fields and woods right outside our family home, where my Dad traditionally took me out walking when I was young, and where many years later, I took him most days to get his legs moving and to free his mind. Whenever we went walking, we’d stop at a nearby stream to throw stones in, and he’d say in his finest Deep South accent, ‘not a cloud in the sky’, even though there most definitely were always clouds in our Irish sky! I knew I’d look back and cherish those moments, walking with Dad. I would really encourage people to get involved and take part in Memory Walk on the day, donate if they can, and help raise awareness about dementia during World Alzheimer’s month!”
Read Fiona Marie’s full story here
Sean Mackell, who is a member of our Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG), writes about his dementia diagnosis, being open about his diagnosis in his community and why he’s taking part in Alzheimer’s Memory Walk this year with his family.
“Lots of people are living with Alzheimer’s and need help and support. This year we are having a ‘virtual’ Alzheimer’s Memory Walk on Sunday, 20th September to raise funds and awareness for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland to mark World Alzheimer’s Month. This is a great family friendly series of walks that are taking places all over Ireland. The ASI really needs the funds to continue to provide and improve their vital services. There is not a lot of money around, but we have big hearts and I know people will be generous.”
Read Sean’s full story here
Jacinta Dixon, is a member of our Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG) who lives in Clondalkin in Dublin and was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. She will be taking part in Alzheimer’s Memory Walk with her family and is hoping others will do the same.
“Since I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago I have kept as active as possible under the circumstances, continued to live well and be part of my community. But the past few months have been very challenging with cocooning and social distancing. At times it’s been frightening. Now I feel I am starting to get back out there – going shopping and taking my regular walks. That’s why I am so delighted to take part in Alzheimer’s Memory Walk – it will give me a purpose and a reason to get back out into my community again and I am really looking forward to doing a walk with my family on Sunday, 20th September to mark World Alzheimer’s Month.”
95-year-old Terry Martin who is getting out of his wheelchair to practice walking with his daughter and full-time carer Teena Gates and his favourite buddy #GoogleDog to support our first Alzheimer’s Memory Walk fundraising campaign which is happening across the country on Sunday, 20th September.
Terry developed vascular dementia following a fall last year and walking can be difficult for him. But on good days he tells his daughter Teena, that “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. Terry was a sprinter as a young man, and a champion ballroom dancer in his day. So he knows what he’s talking about!
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our a fantastic and exciting very first Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. Please keep sending us your amazing photos.
We are so excited to share the news that thanks to you all we have reached €100,000 for vital dementia supports and services.
Registration will remain open for the rest of September and we are excited to see all the upcoming family walks over the coming weeks! Keep Sharing!