Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride is urging everyone on the Coast whose lives have been touched by dementia to help raise funds for dementia research.
More than 160 people have already signed up to the Grant McBride Memory Walk in Long Jetty on September 8, raising at least $2,500 for Dementia Australia.
“I am delighted so many people have signed up and would love to see more join in,” Ms McBride said. “I’ve been really touched by the messages people have sent me, especially those sharing their own stories.”
Ms McBride lost her father Grant to younger onset dementia this year, and has spoken in Parliament about her family’s experience in caring for him.
She spoke in Parliament this week about the Walk, mentioning four Coast women who had signed up: Carol, who lost her father to dementia in June and is doing the walk with her mum Diane; Felicity, who lost her father nine weeks ago and will be running for him; and Lisa, whose mum was diagnosed with younger onset dementia four year ago and is now living with ‘end stage’ dementia.
“I am so grateful these families will join me and my family in the Walk, which honours my father and everyone living with dementia and their carers,” Ms McBride said.
September is Dementia Awareness Month. About 425,000 people in Australia are living with dementia, including 6,000 on the Central Coast. Dementia is the second-leading cause of death of Australians, contributing to one in 20 deaths in men and one in 10 deaths in women. Each day 250 Australians are diagnosed and 36 die from dementia.