Page 3918 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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I am no runner or jogger; at times I even have trouble walking from one place to another let alone around the lake. However, I was pleased to be able to lend my group fitness skills to lead a warm-up for the seven-kilometre and five-kilometre runners. I know that for most runners or joggers, a 10-minute dance routine is probably not what they had in mind when they volunteered for this event, and I thank them for being such good sports. I have to give a special shout out to Minister Rattenbury for also joining in the SH’BAM warm-up. Let us just say that perhaps his technique needs a little bit of a brush-up, but he did go out of his comfort zone to join us before doing the five-kilometre run to support the cause. Thank you to Shirley of Functional Fitness and Tia, fellow SH’BAMer, for joining me on stage for the warm-up.

Ita Buttrose, patron of Alzheimer’s ACT, was on hand to congratulate and welcome back the runners and to proudly announce that the event raised almost $20,000, which will provide vital services, such as counselling, social support groups and education. This will go a long way in helping family carers, people living with dementia and health professionals across our region.

September is Dementia Awareness Month and I encourage all members to do their part in raising awareness of dementia and its impacts on our community. Once again, I thank the team at Alzheimer’s ACT not only for the fantastic event on Sunday but for everything they do for Canberrans living with dementia.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.19 pm.

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