Page 3918 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 September 2017
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.