Walcha holds Bridge to Bridge for Alzheimer's Australia

Get on your feet: Participants set off for the second Walcha Bridge to Bridge which is a 6km walk along the levee bank of the Apsley River. The last Memory Walk was in 2012.
Get on your feet: Participants set off for the second Walcha Bridge to Bridge which is a 6km walk along the levee bank of the Apsley River. The last Memory Walk was in 2012.

More than 100 people took to the levee banks of the Apsley River on Saturday, September 9 to show solidarity with those suffering from the devastating effects of Alzheimer's.

Dementia Awareness is this month, and the theme is ‘you are not alone’.  The Alzheimer's Australia Memory Van was in Walcha last weekend to provide information about the disease.

Walcha 2017 Memory Walk

“Our aim is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value,” said Alzheimer's Australia project officer (and van driver) Stuart Torrence. 

“Walcha Council Community Care is helping us do this in the local  community.”

The Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Memory Van arrived in Walcha on Thursday, September 7 and was parked outside the Walcha Library before heading to the Men’s Shed on Friday and then the Walcha Bridge to Bridge Memory Walk on Saturday.

Mr Torrence showed visitors to the van ways to keep their brains healthy and how to recognize memory loss. 

The Memory Walk registration was at Captain Cook Oval, and Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes thanked participants for their attendance.

“While our family has not faced this problem at this stage I know many families and individuals who are facing the challenges of dementia,” he told those assembled.

Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes, Walcha Council Community Care coordinator Cathy Noon and Stuart Torrence

Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes, Walcha Council Community Care coordinator Cathy Noon and Stuart Torrence