It's time to lace up those walking shoes!
The annual “Walk for Alzheimer's,” hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, is slated to go here Saturday to raise awareness of—and funds for—a good cause.
“We have already done our Kenora walk and our walk in Dryden, as well, and both of those went over really well,” said Abbie Siroiskha, fund development co-ordinator for the local Alzheimer Society.
“We are expecting a good turnout this weekend,” she added, later noting the two walks so far raised a total more than $3,300.
All the money raised stays in this area to make sure caregiver education programs and services continue to be free, Siroiskha said.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina, followed by a welcome and warm-up at 11 a.m.
People will have the option of doing a 1K or 2K walk.
Those wanting to take the shorter route will walk along the river to the hospital and back while those opting to take the longer route will make their way to Point Park and back, Siroiskha noted.
“After all the walkers come back, we are doing a barbecue,” she added, which is free for walkers.
Participants are urged to raise pledges prior to Saturday's event.
They can register online at www.walkforalzheimers.ca or if they want to pick up a registration form in person, drop by Northwoods Gallery & Gifts on Scott Street.
They also can contact Mary O'Connor, the local client services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society, at 276-9105 and she will get forms to you.
Prizes will be awarded for the top individual and team fundraisers.
Siroiskha noted the event is seeing some generous support from local businesses and individuals. For instance, volunteers are donating food such as potato salad, macaroni salad, and coleslaw.
Safeway has donated cake for all the walkers once they're done. Hammond's Nursery has donated hanging baskets while Tim Hortons and Boston Pizza both have donated gift cards as prizes.
“We are hoping to give out a lot prizes just to show our appreciation for everyone who shows up,” Siroiskha said.
The theme of this year's walk is “Who Are You Walking For?”
Siroiskha said a “memory wall” will be set up on site.
People are welcome to bring down a photo of their loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia and put it up on the “memory wall,” she noted.
If they don't have a photo, there will be sticky notes upon which participants can write the names of their affected relatives and friends.
Walkers are reminded to bring along lawn chairs or blankets to sit on (there are tables and benches at the Sorting Gap but there might be more participants than those can accommodate).