Memories matter to Nanaimo – that was shown this morning at the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s at Bowen Park.
The annual event, held Sunday, May 6, at the Bowen activity centre and the park’s trails, raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C., with all funds staying local for the north/central Island branch’s programs and outreach.
Rosanne Philbrook, support and education coordinator with the society’s local branch, said Alzheimer’s is a feared disease and so the walk is important for creating an inclusive community.
“The more we can raise awareness and talk to people about living well with the disease and reducing that stigma, the better it will be,” she said.
Barry Hnatyshyn of Investors Group led the Walk for Alzheimer’s committee and Jamie Johnson, a consultant with Investors Group and a committee member, said participation was up this year.
“It means a lot to see that people are supporting the community and something that is very prevalent for us, especially since we have an older community,” she said.
Fundraising totals haven’t yet been tallied. For more information, visit http://alzheimer.ca/en/bc.