Dementia Australia was handed a novelty cheque for $25,000 after residents at our Weary Dunlop retirement village raised a whopping $12,500 and Ryman Healthcare matched it dollar-for-dollar.
Village manager Kym Faulkner presented the cheque to Dementia Australia executive director Leanne Emerson at the village in a ceremony attended by residents and staff.
In handing over the donation, Kym acknowledge the huge challenge Dementia Australia has undertaken: 425,000 Australians are living with the illness and that number is projected to grow to 900,000 by 2050.
“Those are staggering numbers, but it’s important to remember that beneath the statistics are real people and their loved ones whose lives are impacted profoundly,” Kym said.
“Some of those real people are cared for right here in this building. Many of the residents who contributed to this donation had one of those real people in mind when as they reached into their wallet.”
The Weary Dunlop residents raised the money at fundraising events, including raffles at Happy Hours, during the past 12 months.
Kym said compared to the size of Dementia Australia’s work in advocating for people with dementia, their families and carers, the size of the village’s donation was small.
“But big challenges are only ever overcome by everyone pulling together, contributing whatever they can, and making progress one small step at a time.”
Leanne said the donation was “really remarkable”.
“To come up with $25,000 to support Dementia Australia is extraordinary.
“I think it’s an outstanding effort and Dementia Australia is really grateful.”
After the cheque was presented, Kym revealed that the Stroke Foundation had been chosen as the village’s charity partner for the year ahead.