Alzheimers Memory Ribbon: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland fundraising team members Kerri-Ann Warren and Joanne Williamson with Greg O’Shea
Love Island’s Greg O Shea calls asks you to support the Alzheimers Memory Ribbon fundraiser
Love Island winner and professional rugby 7’s player Greg O’Shea was recently announced as an ambassador for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and is encouraging the people of Limerick to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and support Alzheimers Memory Ribbon, the charities annual nationwide flag day collection which is taking part in every county in Ireland on Thursday, November 21.
The new ambassador for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is backing the campaign which asks the public to share treasured memories of their loved ones affected by dementia while donating to this worthy cause. On that day the volunteers will sell purple Memory Ribbons to raise funds which will go directly to crucial dementia services in local towns. And these services provide essential assistance for the people living with dementia.
Dementia is close to the Limerick native’s heart after his nana passed away recently with the condition.
Greg O’Shea said, “This November, I’ll be remembering my nana who had Dementia and passed away only recently. Dementia has a major impact on our society. It’s one of our biggest health challenges. Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia – that’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia, even people in their forties and fifties. Please support Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon and help to raise much-needed funds to support people with dementia around the country.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes a progressive decline in the mental functions that affect memory, thinking, language and behaviour. Dementia is progressive, and there is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response. Nearly 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some related form of dementia, and with Ireland’s ageing population, this figure is expected to grow even higher over the coming years. Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s is drastically needed and providing a better quality of care for patients and carers also needs to be considered.
We are delighted to welcome @GOSofficialpage as an official ASI ambassador for Memory Ribbon 2019. Join Greg on November 21st and sign up to volunteer today https://t.co/J19egv1aZk #MemoryRibbon19 #MemoryRibbonDay #MakeMemoriesMatter #Alzsocirl pic.twitter.com/UaGXHevSPq
— The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (@alzheimersocirl) October 14, 2019
By sharing memory and donating €3 to the charity, members of the public can give a gift that will change lives as every donation made will go directly towards providing vital services to people living with dementia and the loving families who support them.
Greg is encouraging members of the public to get involved and there are two ways to do this: buy a Memory Ribbon pin from one of the charity staff members or volunteers around the country on Thursday, November 21 or become a volunteer for an hour on the day.
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