Walking for the cause
said. The walk and meeting in the Town Hall was a chance for others to remember, share stories and support their loved ones with dementia.
About 70,000 New Zealanders are living with dementia and 60 per cent of those go undiagnosed because of the stigma, Ms Hedley said.
“By 2020, there are likely to be 100,000 suffering from dementia, but people don’t seek help because they are really embarrassed and ashamed. People don’t have to hide it and we don’t want it hidden behind closed doors.” Tararua District mayor Tracey Collis led the march and said it was heartwarming to see a mass of purple T-shirts.
“The Dannevirke Community Board have worked hard to make this a success. It’s been absolutely phenomenal.” Following the walk Ian Farmer entertained with country and western music, while couples danced, enjoyed afternoon tea and pinned memories to the net hanging on the wall.
Two hundred memory walkers make their way up Dannevirke’s High St, behind the banner held by Pat Walshe, left, of the Dannevirke Community Board, Tararua District mayor Tracey Collis and Community Board chairman Ross MacDonald.
Taking registrations before the walk, Kate Malone, left, of Alzheimers Manawatu¯ , with Taylah Hodgette, a Palmerston North volunteer.