On Sunday 29th of January 2016, the 13th annual Walk for Memories was held. This is an annual event held the last Sunday of January which is part of the Alzheimer’s awareness month. Sadly dementia is one of the fastest-growing diseases and has no effective treatment or cure. About 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia each year and there are approximately 10,000 people in Niagara with the disease.
This was an extremely well run event that brought the community together to support a very good cause. Several hundred people, ranging from corporate teams, to family’s and university students walked the halls of Brock University to raise money from sponsors to support Alzheimer’s. In the gymnasium a wellness fair was set up with booths, a silent auction with great prizes, Trillium College was offering free massages, St Johns Therapy dogs, a photo opportunity with star war characters and Fluffy the clown. Stations were set up along the route to give walkers treats as the walked, dark chocolate, bananas and water.
Local 199’s Team (John Pula, Ed Steers and Phil Gaboury) raised a total of $2,880.00. Which contributed to this events success which raised over $70,000 for Alzheimer’s client programs and services. John Pula, Unifor Team Captain would like to thank our members for their ongoing support. When you walk, you send a message of hope to the 564,000 Canadians currently living with dementia, and thousands more who care for them.
If you would like to make a donation you can call John at (905) 682-2226.