The Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Kensington Public School have partnered to encourage parents and/or grandparents to run, jog or walk with a child or teen in this year’s Sydney Running Festival on 17 September 2017, with a focus on helping raise money to support the Kids4Dementia program.
Currently a third of young people know someone living with dementia, and with 1.1 million Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050, their exposure to this chronic disease will only increase.
Kids4Dementia is a classroom-based dementia education program designed for young people where students learn that a person with dementia is “still a person”, and not someone to fear, laugh at or ignore.
Founder and Program Developer of Kids4Dementia, Dr Jess Baker, reminds us that our children are smart.
“They are our future citizens who will grow up to be doctors, teachers and leaders of tomorrow,” says Dr Baker.
"Educating children about dementia is the foundation to a dementia-friendly society.”
A dementia-friendly society is a vision shared by many researchers, practitioners, educators and consumers. It is a society where people with dementia are recognised as valued citizens and supported to remain meaningfully engaged with the community and in daily life.
CHeBA’s immediate vision is to support Dr Baker roll out the program across 30 schools in NSW.
All donations received will assist this critical program in being implemented throughout schools across all states in Australia. Ultimately Dr Baker’s goal with this program is for it to become part of the primary school curriculum.
Please help us to transform how children view and understand people with dementia by walking, jogging or running with us or donating to the cause! By doing so you are supporting a brighter future for dementia and promoting positive ageing and a healthy lifestyle across all ages! Options are the Family Fun Run which is 3.5km or the Bridge Run which is 10km. If you wish to participate without a minor and fundraise for the cause there is also a half marathon or marathon distance available.
Join the team today or contact us to set up your fundraising page! Thank you for your support.
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