Walk­ing for the cause

Bush Telegraph - - ENTERTAINMENT & DINING -

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.

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