The Hunter region's Memory Walk and Jog to return to Speers Point Park in May, 2018

THEY'RE OFF: Participants in the Memory Walk and Jog at Speers Point Park in 2013. The event will return to Speers Point next year in May. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
THEY'RE OFF: Participants in the Memory Walk and Jog at Speers Point Park in 2013. The event will return to Speers Point next year in May. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SPEERS Point Park will be the venue next year for the Hunter region’s Memory Walk and Jog event for Dementia Australia.

This year’s event was held at Tulkaba Park, at Teralba, and attracted more than 1,400 people.

Participants took part in either a 3km walk, a 6km walk, or a 6km jog.

Speers Point Park had hosted the Hunter event in previous years.

Organisers of the national fundraiser today named the venues for the 2018 event, the 14th in the history of the Memory Walk and Jog.

The event raises funds to support the work of Dementia Australia which provides support, education and resources for people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends.

Participants in this year’s event at Tulkaba Park raised more than $40,000.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she was delighted to see the series return for another year.

“Last year, over 13,000 people of all ages and abilities competed in events across Australia, raising more than $1.3 million to support people living with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

“We’re looking forward to raising the bar on those figures this year, by encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.

“Participants can be confident the money they raise will have a direct and positive impact for the members of our community who are living with dementia. In addition to the fundraising aspect, events like Memory Walk and Jog play an important role in raising awareness of the disease.”

Memory Walk and Jog is an all-inclusive event where people of all fitness levels can participate. Each event includes a range of different length walks and runs, meaning people of all ages are catered for – from grandkids to grandparents.

There will again be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, plenty of entertainment, food stalls, a jumping castle and special guest appearances from the Memory Walk and Jog mascot, Al the Elephant.

  • Next year’s Memory Walk and Jog will be held at Speers Point Park, Speers Point, on May 20.