Alzheimer Walk raises $42K

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Greyson Parry takes baby steps for those living with dementia in Chatham-Kent.

The Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent (ASCK) has finished putting their steps in and now they are jumping up and down in excitement as this year’s virtual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, ASCK raised more than $42,000.

That’s up 22 per cent from last year’s walk.

ASCK attributes this fundraising increase to many factors, one of them being the introduction of the Forget-Me-Not Scavenger Hunt.

This new event was in support of the virtual walk, allowing ASCK to offer something that embodied the spirit of in-person walks which have been deeply missed during the pandemic.

It also attracted new participants to ASCK which is always a goal for them every year.

Since ASCK received such positive feedback from the scavenger hunt, they are now considering integrating it into future walks.

While ASCK did not meet their original fundraising goal of $50,000, they did surpass another goal. ASCK CEO Mary Ellen Parker and board member Robyn Brady vowed to dye their hair blue if their team, FantASCKtic Crew, raised $15,000. Their team raised more than $17,000.

The funds raised will assist the more than 1,000 clients and care partners that ASCK cares for every year. Donations will ensure they have access to the vital programs and services that ASCK offers, such as the Day Program and In-Home Respite Care Program.

They may have been apart again this year, but the steps each participant took for those living with dementia brought the C-K community together.

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