The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s annual Climb for Alzheimer’s is going province-wide virtually.
Normally the society tackles North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind every September, but due to COVID-19, that’s not possible this year. So they’re accepting a different challenge.
“We’re giving people the opportunity to get out and hike and climb anywhere in their neighbourhood, up the coast, on the Mainland, on Vancouver Island, up in the Interior,” says Laura Siberry, the society’s development officer.
The goal is for B.C. residents to climb 70,000 kilometres by World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21 That’s one kilometre for each individual living with dementia in B.C. It’s a cause close to many in the society.
“My grandmother who passed away many years ago lived with dementia. I’ve also have had aunts and cousins who have passed with the disease who are currently living with the disease, so working for the Alzheimer’s Society, this is a near and dear to my heart cause,” says associate director Lauren Weisler.
“I had two grandfathers who had dementia and so it was a really easy fit for me as a fundraiser when I was looking for a place to contribute my time,” says Siberry.
“I joined the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. about a year ago and it’s a fantastic cause and we work with amazing people.”
The virtual challenge also gives B.C. residents the chance to explore the province’s trails and natural beauty, all while raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. Participants will be helping to provide money for research, services and programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s.
“It’s a disease that they don’t have to navigate alone,” says Siberry. “We have education and supportive programs for individuals and families who have been impacted by a diagnosis of dementia.”
For more information about the event and how to donate, visit climbforalzheimers.ca.