J.R. Rardon photo Front, from left, Terry Mobberley, Christel Whitehouse and Eileen Payne lead the way in the second annual Alzheimer’s Walk at the Gardens at Qualicum Beach Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Qualicum Beach Alzheimers walk raises $4,000

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach hosts second annual event

In a turnout described by one of its co-ordinators as “small but mighty,” residents and supporters of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach raised more than $4,000 in the second annual Alzheimer’s Walk at the Qualicum Beach care centre Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Laurel Wright, recreational programming co-ordinator, said the event brought in $4,186 while drawing between 20 and 30 walkers on a bright, warm spring afternoon. More than half of that total, just more than $2,200, was raised by Terry Mobberley, who gathered pledges from an estimated 38 people.

Mobberley, who works with a local Alzheimer’s support group, had raised more than $1,000 last year in the inaugural walk at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach.

Participants included several residents of the home, some of whom cruised the trail along the E&N Railway right-of-way on power scooters, as well as members of the community at large.

Melanie Young, general manager at The Gardens, said some residents take part by walking or riding indoors, in the centre’s hallways.

“They want to do their part to support and remember those living with dementia,” said Young.

— NEWS Staff

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