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Community members in Nanaimo asked to Walk for Alzheimer’s this weekend

Fundraising event happens on Harbourfront Walkway on May 28
The Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. is holding its annual Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 28, with one of the walks happening in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo residents have the opportunity to see their fundraising and donations go twice as far in supporting their family, friends and neighbours living with dementia.

On Sunday, May 28, the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. will hold its largest annual fundraiser, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, with one of the walks happening on Nanaimo’s Harbourfront Walkway.

According to the release, approximately 85,000 people live with dementia in B.C., and if current trends continue, the province will see one of the most dramatic increases in prevalence in Canada, with nearly 250,000 people in B.C. diagnosed by 2050.

Donations raised at the Walk for Alzheimer’s will help fund programs and services including support groups, fitness and social programming, the First Link dementia helpline, and research into the causes and possible cures for dementia. The Cowell Foundation and the Lecky Foundation pledged to match all online donations made online by Sunday, up to a combined total of $80,000.

“We’re so inspired to see communities unite to support people affected by dementia across the province who rely on Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services,” said Cathryn France, the charity’s chief development officer. “This generous matching initiative helps us ensure that support is available at every stage in the dementia journey.”

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Registration for the Nanaimo event begins at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. at the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Those who want to register or donate can do so at

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