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
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. It is a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, it is not one specific disease. There is no cure.
Currently there are more than 410,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a major breakthrough in research, the figure is expected to soar to over 1 million by 2050.
The challenging goal for the 2017 Ride to Remember is to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia. All funds raised by the ride will go towards researching a cure.