Enjoy the stunning backdrop and some spring sunshine
After a cold winter, it's time to get out and about to enjoy the spectacular spring sunshine and what better way soak up the sun than the 2013 Hunter Memory Walk & Jog at Speers Point Park on Sunday 8 September 2013.
Get your socks, shoes, shirts, shorts on and get ready to race against dementia. Walkers, joggers and pros of all ages are all welcome to participate in this fantastic event to raise the much needed funds for the Hunter Dementia Memory Resource Centre through Alzheimer's Australia NSW in order to aid people living with dementia in the community. So when you're out of breath, muscles are sore and shorts are soaked, just remember it's for a great cause. Most importantly, don't forget to enjoy the beautiful Speers Point Park's leafiness and gorgeous lake.
There are over 321,000 Australians living with dementia and 100,000 of those in NSW alone. Funds raised will go directly to people in the Hunter region to provide sponsorship, support services, education and information to assist those living with dementia, their families and their carers.
For those out for a Sunday stroll, register for the 2km walk; otherwise you can register for the 7.5km walk or for the more ambitious, 7.5km run. Register as a corporate trio, a family (maximum of 4), an individual or a team... whichever floats your boat, but make sure you read their requirements here. Registering can be done online, or in person at Hunter Dementia Resource Centre, 2 Percy Street Hamilton on Monday 5 August from 3pm to 7pm. Postal entries close 30 August and online entries close 10am 5 September. Limited spaces available so get organised early to avoid missing out.
Registration fees are $10 for children, $20 for adults, $10 for adults over 60, $45 for families and $150 for corporate trios. And children under the age of 5 are absolutely free. In exchange for your money, you get a snazzy showbag, an entry into the race, your very own personal race number, a fashionable t-shirt, a stylish water bottle and a very special digital entry certificate. Entry fees only cover the cost of the event, so fundraising is greatly encouraged from all entrants.
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Of course there are prizes, and lots of them too. Stick around after the race and see if you've got the lucky bib for that special prize. Otherwise, be that top individual fundraiser, assemble your team and fund raise your way to number one, or dress to impress the judges on the day. In addition, there will be plenty of other prizes throughout the day so stick around.
So you're all registered and ready to start fundraising. Well, start going through your Facebook friends, emails and phone contacts to convince, brainwash or beg your friends and family to donate directly to your fundraising page. Go that extra mile and increase your fundraising total by:
1. Sponsoring yourself; 2. Setting a high fundraising target; 3. Personalising your fundraising page with photos, videos, messages, etc.;
4. Broadcasting your wonderful challenge via social media;
5. Sending friendly reminders about your totally awesome fundraising if you haven't heard back (but don't hassle people nonstop or you might end up losing a few friends);
6. Scoring a company sponsorship in exchange for... something fabulous; and
7. Hosting your very own fundraising event.
Spring's just around the corner, so it's time to prepare yourself for this amazing race.