Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride will hold the “Grant McBride Memory Walk” on Saturday, September 8, in Long Jetty in memory of her late father.
Supported by state MPs David Harris, Member for Wyong, and David Mehan, Member for The Entrance, Ms McBride will raise funds for Dementia Australia.
Grant McBride was State Member for The Entrance from 1992 to 2011. He passed away in February, at 68, after living with younger onset dementia for over five years.
Ms McBride hopes the Grant McBride Memory Walk will raise awareness of dementia in our community, particularly younger onset dementia, and also much needed funds for Dementia Australia.
“On the Coast, we have about 6,000 people living with dementia, and that number is expected to reach 14,000 by 2050,” Ms McBride said.
“Dementia affects those living with it, as well as their carers, family and friends.
“I am patron of the Central Coast Dementia Alliance, which formed last year to make the Coast a more dementia-friendly community. We are working to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and support people living with dementia and their carers.”
Ms McBride said she hoped the Grant McBride Memory Walk would be supported by everyone in the community with an interest in dementia and positive ageing.
“Memory walks started in 2004, and now bring together tens of thousands of people each year. I urge everyone to sign up and join in the race against dementia.”
The Grant McBride Memory Walk will start and finish in Saltwater Creek Park, Tuggerah Parade, Long Jetty. Walkers and runners can choose a 7km, 4km or 1km course and are encouraged to gain sponsors. Details are here