‘Walk for Memories’ coming up May 27 Pledge forms now available

Organizers are encouraging participants to start rounding up pledges for the local Alzheimer Society’s fifth-annual “Walk for Memories” coming up here Sunday, May 27.
Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the local Alzheimer Society, said the annual walk is a time to remember those who do have Alzheimer’s, as well as raise funds for the cause.
“The walk is in support of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease—to show them we are behind them,” she noted. “And by walking, people are making it possible for us to bring services to the community.”
The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, with participants going over to Fort Frances High School and then walking around the track there.
The event is open to anyone.
Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and then walk, run, bike, in-line skate, skateboard, or ride in their wheelchair or stroller.
“It’s not a marathon. If people find the distance is too far, that’s okay,” stressed Schonewille, adding they can rest in the air-conditioned comfort of the Super 8 afterwards.
Schonewille added the walk will happen rain or shine.
“Walk for Memories” pledge forms are available at Canada Safeway, Mohawk, Super 8 Motel, The Place, The 364 Store, and C.C. Complex on Couchiching FN. Or you can get them by calling Schonewille at 1-800-682-0245.
T-shirts will be given to all participants who turn in pledges while the individual with the most pledges will win a one-night stay at the Canad Inn Fort Garry in Winnipeg and two tickets to the Celebration Dinner Theatre.
Schonewille noted something new this year is that participants will be able to make their own ice cream sundaes afterwards.
“Last year it was so hot, everyone melted. We thought at that time it would be so nice to have ice cream,” she laughed. “We’re going to bring all the toppings and they can go hog wild.”
Schonewille added there also will be snacks for those who don’t want or can’t have ice cream.
A “Walk for Memories” also will be held on Saturday, May 26 in Rainy River. Pledge forms for that walk are available at various locations there, including the Rainy River Record office.
If you have any questions about the “Walk for Memories,” call the Alzheimer Society at 1-800-682-0245. Anyone who wants to volunteer at one of the walks also can call that number.
Looking farther down the road, the local Alzheimer Society will be holding a “tag day” here June 15-16. Schonewille is looking for volunteers to donate a couple of hours of their time.
She added high school students who need volunteer hours in order to graduate are welcome to help out.
To get involved, call the toll-free number above.
Proceeds from fundraising events of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River District go towards further promotion of Alzheimer awareness and education in both districts.