LITTLE CURRENT— The Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay Districts held walks throughout its Northern district including Little Current this past Sunday, in conjunction with the Walk for Alzheimer’s being held across Canada.
“Our walk this year had a new title that is meant to unite all Canadians under one movement, Walk for Alzheimer’s, and by saying the name of the disease publicly, we are fighting the stigma attached to it,” said Manitoulin walk coordinator Alison Sloss (health promotion and public education coordinator with The Alzheimer Society on Manitoulin). “When you walk, you make memories matter. You honour those who have passed and you acknowledge the work that must be done to ensure help and hope for those living with the disease.”
This is not the first year for the walk on Manitoulin, but it was the first year that it was held in Little Current, as the society now has an office based out of the gateway community.
There were over 50 participants in this year’s Manitoulin Walk for Alzheimer’s, raising a total of $5,500, including a $650 donation from students at Little Current Public School (LCPS).
Sunday’s event included a barbecue, music and face painting and a Zumba demonstration to get participants warmed up.
“The Espanola and District Credit Union, the Gore Bay Rotary Club, Orr’s Valu-Mart and Manitoulin Transport were our sponsors and we had members from each organization out walking with us,” explained Ms. Sloss. “Ms. Rohn’s and Mr. Granby’s classes from LCPS played a large part in our walk by making posters which decorated the walls of the pavilion (the Market Pavilion where the walk started from), and by hosting a coin drive which raised $650. Ms. Rohn and some of the students from LCPS came to join and walk with us. We are grateful for those who came out to support us and to those who contributed to making this walk happen.”