Walk­ers raise Alzheimer’s aware­ness

The Tribune (NZ) - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: FAITH SUTHER­LAND/ FAIR­FAX NZ

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).

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