13th Annual Walk for Alzheimer's this Sunday at Brock
Niagara residents will be walking for a cause this Sunday for the 13th Annual Walk for Alzheimer’s.
The Walk is the biggest fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, bringing in roughly 80 thousand dollars each year.
Over the past 12 years, this Walk for Alzheimer’s has raised over 475 thousand dollars.
All funds raised stay in the Niagara Region and go towards programs for the nearly 10 thousand people living with dementia.
The Walk is held at Brock University each year and Terry McDougall, Director of Fund Development, says they see a significant turnout from the student body as well.
“Alpha Pi Phi Sorority is one of the major fundraisers for it. They all come together and sometimes there’s been up to 25 of those members. They go and solicit funds from fellow students and their families and friends and they come out and it’s a great presence there at the Walk.”
Katie Balkwill is an alumna of Alpha Pi Phi and continues to participate with the team even though she is no longer an active member.
“Walk for Alzheimer’s has always been something that I’ve been really passionate about. Right before I joined the sorority in first year my aunt did pass away from Alzheimer’s, so coming into the sorority and understanding that that’s the main thing they focused on, it really touched me.”
Last year, Alpha Pi Phi raised nearly 5000 dollars as a team.
In addition to the walking itself, this event also offers an Information and Health fair that has several vendors including mini massages from Trillium College students.
New to this year’s event is an art exhibit featuring pieces created by dementia patients.
Registration for the Walk begins at 9:30 Sunday morning for those who have not registered online.
There are several prizes to be won - individual participants who pledge a minimum of 25 dollars will have the chance to win a 48-inch TV.
Supporters can donate or register to walk and collect pledges at www.walkforalzheimers.ca.