Making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s

A new web site, Anything for Alzheimer's, offers suggestions, tips and tools for planning successful fundraisers

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a new fundraising website, Anything for Alzheimer’s, which helps donors and supporters to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by planning their own fundraising initiatives.

Anything for Alzheimer’s provides fundraisers with ideas, tips and tools for planning successful fundraisers, and makes it easy for supporters to “do their own thing” and help a great cause.

“Our province is faced with a growing demand for support and services for people living with dementia, and the need for funding cannot be understated,” says Jean Blake, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Our supporters are already tapping into their own interests and talents to create unique fundraising events that benefit the society, for which we are very grateful. This new website will help them to continue making a difference.”

Each year, creative independent fundraisers make a big impact in their communities by creating their own fundraising event, or by turning an existing event or challenge into a fundraiser. These are people like Dan North, a 57-year-old resident of Victoria, who recently completed a solo cycling trip from his hometown to Whitehorse, Yukon. He met and spoke with people about Alzheimer’s on the four-week trip, and raised more than $1,000 in donations to the society.

“As a health-care worker seeing first-hand the devastating effects of dementia on individuals and their families, I had lots of incentive to be part of the solution,” says North. “Those personally impacted [by the disease] were and are the real inspiration.”

Fundraisers who are interested in doing their own thing for Alzheimer’s just need a little creativity, some planning and the desire to make a difference. To learn more or to read more about what others are doing, visit www.anythingforalzheimers.ca.