Record Setting Numbers Take Part In Toowoomba Memory Walk & Jog

Over 300 people ran and walked on Sunday 2nd April in the first Toowoomba Memory Walk & Jog at Queens Park.

Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) GM Community Relations Kerry Cutting said it was a fantastic event and thanked all those who came along, took part and raised funds to help people with dementia, their families and carers.

(l to r) Pat Welsh, Cr Carol Taylor, Janice Rushworth and Kerry Cutting

“We are so delighted with the level of support and community spirit shown at Toowoomba’s Memory Walk & Jog,” Kerry said. “It was fantastic to see more than 300 people out running and walking in support of people with dementia at this first official event in Toowoomba.”

Kerry also acknowledged the many supporters of the event. “I’d like to thank Opal Aged Care for their support of Memory Walk & Jog. Without them, we would not be able to put on such an important fundraising and awareness event,” Kerry said.

“I would also really like to thank the Toowoomba community and our many volunteers for their ongoing contribution. It simply would not be possible to host Memory Walk & Jog without their support, which saw participants take part in either a 2km walk, a 7.5km walk or a 7.5km run in support of the estimated 4,573 people living with dementia, their families and friends in Toowoomba.
More than $5,400 has so far been raised by participants, with all funds raised to go towards supporting vital dementia services in Toowoomba

Opal Aged Care Managing Director Gary Barnier said: “I am excited for Opal to be part of such a great community event that recognises the terrible impact of dementia on all of us and demonstrates a commitment to support one another. I’d like to thank and congratulate the 300 people who took part in this year’s event, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!”

Opal Aged Care is the major supporter of the 2017 Memory Walk & Jog in New South Sales, Victoria and Queensland. For more information, go to

People can still donate by visiting www.memorywalk-toowomba.go

Memory Walk & Jog is the largest fundraiser for dementia in Australia. In 2017, Alzheimer’s Australia will hold 18 Memory Walk & Jog events around the country to raise funds to support people with dementia, their families and carers, and help promote brain health and healthy lifestyles to all Australians. All courses are wheelchair accessible and there are different distances to choose from, depending on your age and fitness level.

 Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030. 

 National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

An interpreter service is available (The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative Dementia is a National Health Priority Area                                                              


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