By Pauline Kerr
By Wednesday, the Wingham Walk For Memories will have raised a remarkable total of $18,083 and counting, surpassing the $12,000 raised last year.
Last year’s total in Huron County was $53,000.
Wingham was by far the top town in Huron, helping the county to its total to date of $49,375.33. This year’s goal of $55,000 is well within reach.
Peter Carter of Teeswater brought in over $5,000, the largest amount raised by an individual at the Wingham walk.
People may still make donations online until Feb. 28 by visiting the Huron County Alzheimer Society’s website (www.alzheimer.ca/en/huroncounty) and selecting walk-for-memories. Organizers of the walk realize some people may want to donate but may not know a walker. The site requires a name, and if people use Alzheimersociety for the first name and Huroncounty for the last, the funds will go to Huron County and be divided equally among the five walks.
The Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories is the largest fundraising event in the province dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds for vital programs and services that support people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The Alzheimer Society’s goal this year is to raise $2.5 million in communities across Ontario, to help make a difference for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. In addition to providing programs to the community, the organization also supports research through the Alzheimer Society of Canada as well as the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
This non-profit charitable organization serves all of Huron County. Volunteers assist with many aspects of the organization including board governance, programs, fund development and awareness as well as office assistance. There are approximately 180 members and 161 volunteers. It is one of 38 chapters of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.