Walkers raise Alzheimer’s awareness
Forrmer Shortland St star, and a longserving creative director of Centrepoint Theatre Alison Quigan was back in her hometown at the weekend.
Dressed in purple, Alison led out the Alzheimer’s Manawatu second annual Memory Walk across The Square from the Plaza quadrant to City Library as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month activities. The purple clad walkers aimed to raise the profile of the disease, and of the services available to sufferers and their families. Most of the walkers were those whose lives had been impacted by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia in some way.
Joined by MPs, city councillors, and mayor Grant Smith, more than 250 purpleclad walkers made quite a splash.
‘‘It was spectacular,’’ exclaims Donna Hedley Alzheimer’s Manawatu. ‘‘We were over the moon with the response... We ran out of T-shirts.’’
Having a celebrity to lead the memory walk began last year with Shane Cortese. Donna was delighted Alison accepted this year’s invitation.
‘‘Alison was fantastic. She highlighted the importance of memory, and spoke about her memories of of Palmerston North.’’
Alzheimer’s Manawatu operates out of the Marion Kennedy Centre, 642 Featherston St, and can be contacted on 357-9539.
The Alzheimer’s awareness raising walk through The Square to City Library on Saturday attracted a good crowd. Among them was Alan Crews with his dog Rocco, being admired by Leah Johnstone (2) her mum Nikita and big sister Taylor (5).