Alzheimer Society gearing up for fundraising

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the Kenora-Rainy River branch of the Alzheimer Society is preparing to raise funds to help in the fight against the disease.
First and foremost is the “Penny for your thoughts” weigh-in, said Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the local Alzheimer Society.
For a second year, the event will see individuals, families, groups, and businesses bring in as many pennies as they can to be weighed by—and then donated to—the Alzheimer Society at select locations across the two districts.
But Schonewille noted she still needs to find a location in Fort Frances for the fundraiser, which tentatively is scheduled to take place Jan. 21-22.
Any business or groups wishing to offer space for the weigh-in can call Schonewille at 1-800-682-0245.
Last year’s “Penny for your thoughts” campaign raised a total of $2,000 in the Kenora-Rainy River districts. It was held at Canada Safeway here, at Cloverleaf-Shop Easy in Emo, and several other locations in Dryden and Kenora.
Schonewille also said she would like to have a used book sale in Fort Frances this month, just as she’ll be holding one in Kenora. But few books have been donated so far and she hasn’t been able to find a location, either.
Still, she said she was open to any suggestions, and if any businesses, churches, or other groups would like to donate space to the Alzheimer Society to hold a book sale, they can contact Schonewille at the above telephone number.
As well, anyone looking to donate books to the sale here can contact Cheryl McCallum at 274-0441. She’ll come to your home and pick them up.
If a used book sale in Fort Frances can’t be arranged for this month, Schonewille said it could wait until February.
Meanwhile, Schonewille has confirmed a roast beef fundraiser supper will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 starting at 5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River.
The cost to attend is $9 per person.
The dinner was held for the first time last year and attracted about 50 people. Including proceeds from a penny table, that event netted $534 for the Alzheimer Society.
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The fundraising also will continue beyond Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Schonewille again is encouraging all area businesses to take it easy for “Stress Down Friday,” slated for Friday, Feb. 25, and donate the proceeds to the local Alzheimer Society.
Participants pay just $2 to take part in the event and everyone gets to enjoy a stress-free start to their weekend, said Schonewille. Ideas for “de-stressing” include listening to soothing music while working, dressing casually, having morning or afternoon snacks, staging a mini-exercise class, etc.
The “stress down” day not only is a chance to raise money for the Alzheimer Society, but to raise awareness of stress-related memory loss.
As with the penny weigh-in, dinner, and book sales, proceeds will go towards supporting individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease in the Kenora-Rainy River districts.
To register your business, contact the Alzheimer Society at 1-800-682-0245. A package will be sent to all hosts to assist them with this event.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder which currently affects one in 20 Canadians over the age of 65.
But with the aging of the “baby boom” population, it is estimated more than 750,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia, by the year 2031 if a cure is not found.