Why are we riding?
We are riding to raise awareness of dementia.
Organisers Nick, Pierre and James have first-hand experience with the disease. Nick and Pierre have parents who suffer from dementia. Both of Nick’s grandmothers passed away after suffering from dementia, and Nick’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Pierre’s mother was diagnosed in 2015. James has worked in aged care since 2010 and has witnessed the stress the disease places on carers and family.
Their personal experiences, as well as those of many of their close friends, prompted the guys to use their passion for cycling to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for the terrible disease.
The Challenge for 2018
The goal for the 2018 Ride to Remember is to raise $100,000 for Dementia Australia. All funds raised by the ride will go towards researching a cure.
Dementia has become the leading cause of death among Australian women and remains the second leading cause of death for all Australians (ABS 2017). There is no cure.
There are more than 410,000 Australians currently living with dementia. This is on track to reach 530,000 by 2025. Without a major breakthrough in research, it is expected to soar to over 1.1 million Australians by 2056.