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School children bring sunny enthusiasm to rainy Walk for Alzheimers

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Children from CML Snider School in Wellington brought sunny smiles and energy to a gloomy and cold fundraising walk in the rain on Saturday.

More than a dozen children from Susan Ross’ Grade 5/6 class and Lisa Kulcher-Heaney’s Grade 3 class were in high spirits in their support of the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Hastings and together with adult walkers, raised more than $6,000 for the cause.

“Helping raise awareness is important for this cause and people need to be looked after,” said Sophie Clark, one of the students participating. “My great grandma passed away from it. I wanted to help.”

The students were inspired by a visit from local representatives of the society who made classroom visits beforehand to discuss Alzheimers and related dementias.

“The number of people we serve in Prince Edward County continues to increase and as an area where a large portion of the population is over age 65, this number will continue to grow,” said Nicola Crenna, the society’s fund development co-ordinator.

In the past year, the local Alzheimer Society has offered support and services to more than 1,100 clients through workshops, training and education sessions. It is estimated that one in 10 seniors in the County are living with some form of dementia.

Alz-walk-2016-warm-upGina Peers led the pre-walk warm up.

Alz-walk-2016-cml-studentsParticipants pose for a photograph while the Women’s Drumming Circle from Picton prepared to start off the walk with an encouraging beat.

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