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Climb for Alzheimer’s goes online

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:23 PDT, Fri July 31, 2020

Last Updated: 1:07 PDT, Fri July 31, 2020

Each September for the past eight years, committed individuals and teams have climbed North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind as part of the Alzheimer Society of BC’s annual fundraiser, the Climb for Alzheimer’s. Things look different in 2020, but the Climb for Alzheimer’s is still going ahead in a virtual capacity.

For the first time ever, the event will be open to anyone, anywhere in the province. The society is inviting Richmond residents to come together to hike a total of 70,000 kilometres—one kilometre for each individual living with dementia in BC—to raise funds and show people on the dementia journey that they are not alone. 

This year’s event will include hikes across BC, from Mount Douglas in Victoria to the Summit Peak Trail in Fort Nelson or the legendary Grouse Grind in North Vancouver. The event runs until Sept. 21, which is World Alzheimer’s Day.

“Although the location has changed and adapted, the heart of the event remains,” says Alzheimer Society of BC CEO Maria Howard. “The climb continues to be a challenging, fun, invigorating event that makes a real difference to people in our province affected by dementia. It shows people living with dementia that they are not alone.”

In a time where travel restrictions are the norm, this challenge also offers an opportunity to take advantage of the province’s endless trails, natural beauty and potential for adventure, while raising money and awareness for the thousands of people living with dementia. Participants can register as individuals or as a team and are encouraged to share their hiking and climbing challenges online, which will help to galvanize the community spirit and energy that makes the event so special.

Participants will be raising money to for research and to ensure people affected by dementia can access programs and services through the society’s First Link dementia support, which provides support and education for people who are affected by dementia. This programming is crucially important for BC families to feel connected and supported during these unusual times.

If you are planning a hike, please adhere to the current physical distancing recommendations. Check the BC Parks website or another online resource before you leave for your outdoor adventure as some trails may be closed or adapted.

For more information about the Climb for Alzheimer’s, visit climbforalzheimers.ca.

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