Goal of $110,000 for The Walk for Alzheimer’s in Whitby


Published May 12, 2023 at 9:56 am


The Walk for Alzheimer’s, with a goal of $110,000 to support those in Durham Region living with dementia, will happen May 27 at Cullen Gardens in Whitby.

The annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and their care partners, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, raises crucial funds that allow the organization to offer programs and services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and those who care for them.

“With close to 12,000 people living with dementia in Durham Region, we are reliant on the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s to raise the necessary funds to support our programs and services for people living with dementia, their families and care partners,” said Gillian Barrie, the CEO of Alzheimer Society Durham Region. “With the number of dementia diagnoses expected to increase in our community, the demand for our services has never been greater.”

It is estimated that more than 1.7 million people will be living with dementia in Canada by 2050 and as the number of people affected by dementia increases, so does the need for services.

More than 250 people have already registered for the Walk with more than 300 expected to be in attendance. This year’s event includes the option of a 1 km, 3 km or 5 km accessible walk, activities for all ages including face painting, lawn games, arts and crafts station, a DJ and the ‘Wall of Inspiration.’

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the community to help us reach our $110,00 goal. We are planning our biggest and best Walk to date,” said Alzheimer Society Durham Region Philanthropy Director Kendel Ferrara.

To register as a team or as an individual and to start fundraising for the Walk visit: www.alzgiving.ca.ASDR. You can share your fundraising page and your reasons for walking using the hashtag #IGWalkForAlz.

“Funds raised from this year’s Walk will help us grow our programs such as First Link Care Navigation, Care Partner Support Groups and Counselling, Dementia Friendly Community training, Social and Recreation programs and more,” Barrie noted. “With your support, we can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners today.”

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