Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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I am so honored to be participating in the 42.195km Marathon in Sydney. I love riding, running and swimming and am completing the marathon for enjoyment, as well as raising money for Kids4Dementia; a classroom-based education program designed to educate children about dementia and teach them that a person with dementia is "still a person", and not someone to fear, laugh at or ignore. Although I know this is just a small effort, I believe I can reach my fundraising goal with your help! All money raised will help roll the program out across more schools in NSW and hopefully other States. Please support us by donating to our team! Thank you for your generosity in advance.

About my team: Kids4Dementia

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. For more information please contact h.douglass@unsw.edu.au

About my cause: Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)

The future of ageing will be greatly impacted by the outcomes of the research undertaken at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). With dementia now the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom and the second leading cause of death in Australia, our mission is to stay at the forefront of research into brain ageing and neurocognitive disorders. 
 
Ultimately, CHeBA’s goal is for all people to achieve their full life span and enjoy a good quality of life unaffected by loss of cognitive ability – particularly Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 
 
To achieve our research goals, we need your help.
 
Without doubt, one of the biggest global public health challenges in human history is dementia. There are currently 413,000 people living with dementia in Australia today; a figure which is set to increase to 536,000 people by 2025 and a staggering 1.1 million people by 2056. Funding is desperately required to advance our research in ways to prevent cognitive decline, improve cognitive functioning as we age, devise better care for people with dementia and to diagnose people at risk for dementia. The researchers are also working on developing markers of early decline in memory and other cognitive functioning, so that brain diseases can be detected before the manifestation of dementia.
 
CHeBA leads The Dementia Momentum initiative - a movement to bring researchers and the community together to change the future of dementia incidence. The goal is to drive momentum in awareness, research and societal change for a brighter future. You can read more about the initiative here.
 
Support CHeBA, UNSW and change the future of ageing in Australia.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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