Kilkenny participants needed for Alzheimers campaign

Shauna Mc Hugh

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Kilkenny participants needed for Alzheimers campaign

The Memory Ribbon campaign is calling on the public to share treasured memories of their loved ones affected by dementia for a very worthy cause.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) annual nationwide Flag Day collection Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon takes place today in every county in Ireland and ASI CEO Pat McLoughlin has joined the volunteers.

After the disappointment of the Government’s decision not to designate a dedicated ring-fenced budget for dementia supports and services in Budget 2019, CEO Pat McLoughlin wants to drive home to Government the importance of days like Memory Ribbon which raise funds to fill the shortfall by government to support the vital services needed by the 55,000 people living with dementia and their families.

With the HSE’s National Service Plan to be announced soon, the ASI has been working tirelessly to ensure that the Government will direct part of that €1.05 billion funding to dementia-specific supports and services and our Emergency Dementia Summit taking place on Wednesday 28th November in Buswells Hotel will address this need.

By sharing a memory and donating €3 to the ASI, 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.

Members of the public can either buy a Memory Ribbon pin from one of our staff members or volunteers around the country today or on www.alzheimer.ie

Over 700 local volunteers from all over the country – including a number of local schools, men’s sheds, corporate partners and Irish Countrywomen Association – will be selling Memory Ribbon pins at €3 each which will be sold on the streets in communities, towns and cities all over Ireland.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s CEO Pat McLoughlin said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the hundreds of volunteers all across the country who have donated their valuable time to support our Memory Ribbon campaign.  The Alzheimer Society is under-funded with the demand for service increasing all the time. By sharing a memory and donating €3 to the Alzheimer Memory Ribbon campaign you are helping to support our services all across the country.

Every Memory Ribbon that members of the public buy will go directly to help fund vital services, like our 51 day care centres around the country which provide specialist care for people with dementia or our home care service which provides trained dementia care workers for people in the comfort and security of their own homes.”